By Bernice Bessey
The Ghana Police Service has, for years now, topped the Afro Barometer Corruption Perception Index as the most corrupt institution in Ghana. But this year’s report, released by the Center for Democratic Development (CDD), has seen a reduction in the perception of corruption the public has against the police.
In 2015, the Afro Barometer Index had the Police Service leading the chart, with 64 percent of the interviewees seeing the service as the most corrupt public institution in Ghana. However, in the 2019 survey, the figure has reduced to 59 percent, which is a drop of five percent.
The report, which was announced at a news conference in Accra yesterday, also revealed that 60 percent of the people interviewed held that the government had successfully waged a war against corruption, as against 25 percent recorded in 2015. Such overwhelming confidence in the government has equally reflected in all the areas the Barometer covered.
The perception of corruption among judges and magistrates, which was 49% in 2015, has also reduced to 38%. Similarly, government officials, who, in 2015, recorded 48 percent in the corrupt perception index, have their figure reduced 32 percent in the 2019 survey.
Members of Parliament (MPs) were the fourth most corrupt institution, even though they had a reduction of 32 percent as against 48 percent in 2015.
They were followed by local government officials, 27 percent against 43 percent, and traditional leaders, 28 percent against 37 percent.
Business executives had 22 percent as against 22 percent in 2015, religious leaders, 17 percent as against 25 percent, and non-governmental organisations (NGOs), 14 percent, but there was no score for them in 2015.
However, 30 percent of Ghanaians captured under the same survey also held the view that the government was doing bad job in fighting corruption, as against 71 percent in 2015.
When the question was posed: “Can ordinary people make a difference in the fight against corruption?” 60 percent of the public answered yes, 31 percent, no, four percent said neither yes or no, and five percent responded they don’t know/refused to answer.
The question on whether the corruption level had changed over the previous 12 months: 33 percent of the interviewees said it had increased, as against 76 percent in the year 2015.
In totality, the perception on corruption in the country has reduced from 36 percent to 33 percent.