The latest Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released by Transparency International has disclosed that Ghana failed to make progress in the fight against corruption in the year 2021.
Per the index, Ghana’s score of 43 is the same as the country’s 2020 score.
The current performance is still below 50 which is the expected average and thus leaves much to be desired, the CPI said.
Ghana was scored 43 out of a possible clean score of 100 and ranked the country 73 out of 180 countries/territories included in the 2021 index.
The 2021 CPI focuses on Corruption, Democracy and Human Rights. According to TI, corruption enables both human rights abuses and democratic decline and in turn these factors lead to higher levels of corruption, setting off a vicious cycle.
Among the solutions proposed, TI wants the government to enhance
institutional checks on power and empower citizens to hold power to account.
”Public oversight bodies including anti-corruption agencies and the supreme audit institution must operate fully independent from the executive as their mandates stipulate. They should continuously be well-resourced with budgets allocated to them fully disbursed and empowered to effectively investigate and sanction corruption timeously.
Agencies of state responsible for guarding the rights of citizens should take active roles in ensuring expeditious investigations into violations of the rights of civil society and media activists as well as human rights defenders and facilitate justice for crimes against all. Parliament and the courts should also be vigilant in preventing executive overreach.”