General News of Sunday, 13 January 2019
A survey of Ghanaians conducted by the Political Science Department of the University of Ghana has revealed that the five (5) most corrupt institutions in Ghana are the Police Service, the Ministries, Parliament of Ghana, the Presidency of the Republic of Ghana and Ghana Education Service, MyNewsGh.com can report.
While the larger Ghanaian media has been fixated with the Akufo-Addo-John Mahama segment of the survey, MyNewsGh.com delved into other areas the survey covered regarding the perception of the Ghanaian public about the existence of corruption in Ghana and which institutions dominate.
Shockingly, 88.4% of the 5000 Ghanaians polled said “yes”, they believe there is corruption in Ghana; identifying the Police, Parliament, the Presidency, GES and the Ministries as the main hubs of corruption in Ghana.
Only 4.1% said they they don’t believe there is any form of corruption in Ghana while 6.3% said ”Maybe”.
The research which sampled about 5,000 Ghanaians nationwide touched on some areas including economy, education, campaign promises, government policies and programmes among others.
The researchers found out that one of government’s most fiercely hated policies is the double track system in the Senior High School education even though Free SHS as a whole is widely loved.
While the survey outcome pointing to Police and Parliament as most corrupt is no news to many Ghanaians given what has been seen of the two thus far, news of the Presidency’s place in the list will shock many. This year, customs appear to have ceded its baton to the presidency and GES as it didn’t make the list of first 5 as it used to.
The opposition led by the man perceived by many Ghanaians to have been corrupt while in office, John Mahama, has alleged that President Akufo-Addo only pretends to be fighting corruption while shielding his appointees from probes. They make reference to numerous allegations of corruption against government appointees where no action has been taken.
This dog cannot be hanged
President Akufo-Addo has in response claimed all allegations of corruption levelled against his appointees have actually been investigated by independent institutions mandated to carry out such investigations and they were cleared.
He accused the NDC of seeking to give a dog (he Akufo-Addo) a bad name and hang him but “this dog (pointing to himself) will not hang”.
“If members of my administration are indulging in corrupt acts, any time an allegation is made, I have seen to it that it is investigated,” he claimed.
The President continued, “so far, investigations have not yielded any evidence (of appointees indulging in corruption), but it is important that it is known that people of my administration will be subject to scrutiny if they go off schedule.”
Listing the litany of corruption scandals under his term, President Akufo-Addo said “they have all been investigated, and no evidence has been adduced to suggest mildly the perpetration of any act of corruption.”
This survey however reveals that Ghanaians took the President’s claims with a pinch of salt.