The Special Advisor to the President on Governance and Corruption, Daniel Batidam has debunked reports that Ghana is the second most corrupt country in the Sub-Saharan African region.
According to him, the ranking could not be true owing to the criteria used to arrive at the results.
‘Ghana is not the second (2nd ) most corrupt country in Africa. That is not true,’ he asserted.
In a recent corruption perception index by the Transparency International, 76% of people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last 12 months.
The report suggests 71% of Ghanaians believe government is failing in its effort to curb the abuse of power, bribery and secret deals.
The report which sampled 2,400 respondents between May and July 2015, put the police as the most corrupt, followed by business executives and government officials including the office of presidency.
He believes that Ghanaians should be allowed to make their own judgement on corruption issues.
‘Ghanaian citizens about 2,400 are questioned what do you think about corruption in relations to this or that institution over the last 12 months that’s important. I would like in discussing this topic, it’s always important for us to give citizens the correct information to make their own judgement,’ he said.
Mr. Batidam observed that the survey which was done in only 28 countries is totally wrong.
‘I have heard discussion about this report as though it was the corruption perception index which then allow people to go into something that has not been done by the report. They are talking about ranking countries in Africa, and only 28 countries have been included in this survey, which is wrong,’ he pointed out.
He urged Journalists to be circumspect in their reportage.
‘I think all of us have a responsibility, I would like to appeal to the media, lots of you are doing a good job but, once you put out information, there is a gullible public out there who will say wow, so this is what they are saying, Ghana is not corrupt,’ he reiterated.
The Special Advisor to the President on Governance and Corruption, suggested that citizenry views must be factored into policy making.
‘Whatever citizens think about state officials, public institution, private sector, we must factor that into policy making, is very important, sometimes we think that people are misinformed, misled, information are distorted, whatever citizens think is very important for governance,’ he submitted.
By: Ultimate1069.com/Ghana/Leticia Osei