Ex-President John Dramani Mahama has for a third successive time being ranked higher than President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in terms of perceived corruption in governance as reported by Transparency International, MyNewsGh.com reports.
In the latest account as released by the local chapter of
the organisation, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the country scored 41
points out of 100 on the Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI).
It comes as a third all-time low record the country has
since recorded in the fourth republic.
Corruption Index in Ghana averaged 38.95 Points from 1998
until 2019, reaching an all-time high of 48 Points in 2014 and a record low of
33 Points in 1999.
Ghana dropped in the scores from 47 in 2015 under
ex-President Mahama to 43 in 2016, a year after President Akufo-Addo assumed
office as the country’s president.
The CPI score again dropped to a second all-time record low
of 40 in 2017 and improved to 41 in 2018 and 2019 under the same government.
The statistics as released by Transparency International
places ex-President Mahama’s government ahead of the Akufo-Addo’s, three years
on after the latter assumed office.
This 41 score is the second lowest in Ghana’s CPI score
since 2012 when CPI scores became comparable and third lowest score since the
fourth republic came about.
In 2013, the country scored 46 points, 48 points in 2014, 47
points in 2015, 43 points in 2016, 40 points in 2017, 41 points in 2018 and
since maintained 41 out of a possible 100 in 2019.
The Corruption Perceptions Index ranks 180 countries and
territories based on how corrupt their public sector is perceived to be and
draws on 13 surveys and expert assessments. A country or territory’s score
indicates the perceived level of public sector corruption on a scale of 0
(highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).
CPI 2019 focuses on political integrity and highlights the relationship between politics, money and corruption.
By political integrity, Transparency International means the quality of (a) contesting and exercising power (political/public office), consistently acting in the public interest, and (b) providing equal, open and meaningful access to the affected stakeholders before arriving at decisions.
Source: MyNewsGh.com / Evans Osei-Bonsu/ 2020