President John Mahama has said Ghana has more work to do to eradicate corruption despite the improvement in the latest corruption index rankings by Transparency International.
According to him, Ghana’s performance in the latest rankings is an indication that the country is on the right path in its fight against the canker.
Ghana has been ranked seventh in Africa in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI) for 2015 released by Ghana Integrity Initiative, the Local Chapter of Transparency International.
Ghana scored 47 out of 100 and also ranked 56 out of 168 countries but according to the report released Wednesday by the Ghana Integrity Initiative it is still a poor performance.
The report says Corruption is a serious problem in Ghana because, like two thirds of the rest of the 168 countries or territories ranked by their perceived levels of public sector corruption, Ghana scored below the 50 pass mark.
Commenting on the report, the President wrote on his Facebook wall that his government is committed towards winning the fight against corruption.
“Ghana today is perceived as less corrupt than important countries like Italy, Greece, Brazil or China. More importantly, Ghana is one of the least corrupt countries in Africa.
“Of course, we all know that we still have a lot to do when it comes to fighting corruption. All of us, not only the Government, should be more involved in this fight,” Mahama wrote.
Below are details of the comments by the President
Transparency International has released its annual Corruption Perception Index for 2015. Ghana ranked 56th out of 167 countries and territories, with an overall score of 47. Although the score is slightly lower than the one for 2014, we moved upward when it comes to ranking, from 61st place in the world in 2014, to 56th place.
Our fight against corruption is visible. In 2008, Ghana was ranked 67th in the world, and in 2012 it was ranked 64th. Since 2008, we are constantly moving upward, towards the group of less corrupt countries, and that’s a fact. From 2012 until 2015, Ghana climbed up no less than 8 places in the world hierarchy – which, no matter what others might say, is an unparalleled achievement.
Ghana today is perceived as less corrupt than important countries like Italy, Greece, Brazil or China. More importantly, Ghana is one of the least corrupt countries in Africa.
Of course, we all know that we still have a lot to do when it comes to fighting corruption. All of us, not only the Government, should be more involved in this fight.
Without a doubt, Ghana’s results clearly show that we’re on the right path. For this, I thank all of you. God bless you! God bless our Mother Ghana!