Ghana Integrity Initiative’s Solution to Corruption In Ghana

Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in a press release recommended seven (7) tangible and practical solutions to Ghana’s corruption.

For the third time in a roll, Ghana has been scored CPI 43 out of 100 percent on the scale of fighting corruption.

According to the 2022 Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released yesterday, 31st January 2023 by Transparency International (TI), they said “This score, reflects a lack of progress in the country’s fight against corruption.”

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The position of Ghana clearly indicates that the nation has have failed to make progress in reducing corruption.

Further, GII said “Addressing the problem of corruption is critical now more than ever as corruption is a major contributor
to the country’s current economic woes as evinced by several reports including that of the Auditor General’s report on Government of Ghana’s COVID-19 expenditure.

This year’s (2022) index focuses on corruption, conflict and security. According to Delia Ferreira Rubio, Chair of Transparency International:
“Corruption has made our world a more dangerous place. As governments have collectively failed to make progress against it, they fuel the current rise in violence and conflict – and endanger people everywhere.

The only way out is for states to do the hard work, rooting out corruption at all levels to ensure governments work for all people, not just an elite few.”

Corruption, Conflict and Security
TI posits that corruption, conflict and security are profoundly intertwined. The misuse, embezzlement or theft of public funds can deprive the very institutions of resources they need to fulfil their mandate which include protecting citizens, enforcing the rule of law and safeguarding peace.

In Ghana, corruption continues to negatively affect citizens trust in government and institutions, hinders
the provision of essential services, impedes economic development,
and creates vulnerabilities that have
the tendency of being exploited by extremists.

Corruption if not addressed has a potential to lead to social unrest and conflict. As such, it is essential that, steps are taken to combat corruption in order to ensure a
more peaceful and secure society.

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To address the problem of corruption in Ghana, GII recommends the following:

1. Relevant state agencies must address security vulnerabilities and protect the country against external threats. This should include measures such as strengthening the defence sector, increasing intelligence and security capabilities, and control the perceived politicisation of enlistment/employment.
Strengthening the professionalism of the defence sector and improve border security to counter smuggling, illicit trade and potential terrorist activities.

2. Government must promote economic development and reduce barriers to investment. This includes the implementation of effective monetary and fiscal policies and the creation of a transparent environment in the public and private sectors where corrupt practices are easily identified and addressed more effectively.

3. The Executive should urgently take steps to lay the Conduct of Public Officers’ Bill in Parliament while we call on the Legislature to attach equal level of urgency to its timely passage.

4. Parliament should ensure implementation of recommendations contained in the Auditor General’s
report by referring it to the Attorney General to recover lost funds and prosecute persons found culpable to have engaged in fraud, misapplication or embezzlement of state resources.

5. The Auditor General must exercise its powers of disallowance and surcharge per Article 187 (7) of the 1992 Constitution to recover misappropriated funds and prevent the reoccurrence of wastage in the public sector.

6. Government should as a matter of urgency ensure that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) is adequately resourced to enable the office effectively perform its mandate of prevention, prosecution and recovery of proceeds of corruption and corruption related offences.

7. Government should intensify efforts at expanding the digitization programme to all Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to promote the ease of doing business and reduce opportunities for corruption.

SOURCE: Coverghana com.gh

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