The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) Consortium has alleged that Civil and Public Servants are more corrupt than the politicians in the country.
The country Director of SEND-Ghana, Mr. George Osei-Bimpeh, alluded that “Inasmuch as we are quick to point fingers at politicians, probably the biggest of it is done by civil servants and public servants.”
Presenting a report on a study the consortium conducted on regional bases in Ghana on corruption, the survey indicated that Ashanti Region ranked the most corrupt in Ghana in the Education and Health sectors.
The Ghana Integrity Initiative Consortium finding also revealed that the Western and Eastern regions follow closely.
According to the report the Ashanti Region recorded 74 per cent, whiles the Western and Eastern regions recorded less than 50 per cent of corruption cases in the aforementioned two sectors.
Mr. Osei-Bimpeh disclosed that the survey was conducted in 49 districts across Ghana and covered about 5, 000 respondents.
He told the launch that per the findings 60 per cent of Ghanaians across the country said they have experienced corruption in the education and health sectors.
The country Director of SEND-GHANA hinted that “on the national scale, most of the amounts of bribe payments were generally less than 100 cedis – representing 58% of the respondent”.
Whilst the Western and Eastern regions including the other regions recorded less than 40 per cent of those cases.
The report further revealed that in the health sector, the Ashanti Region again topped the chart recording 85 per cent of corruption cases; whilst the Eastern, Western and other regions recorded about 35 per cent of the problem in the same sector.
To this effect, GII consortium which conducted the research also noted corruption was endemic during the computer school selection placement process into secondary schools.
In view of this, the Consortium suggested that attention must be payed to address this kind of corruption in above mentioned sectors.
Mr. Osei-Bimpeh urged the Ghana Education Service (GES) to ensure the children are taught anti-corruption or ethics and values in the schools so that it becomes part of their formation processes.
This he argued that it would help them while growing up “to accept the fact that corruption is a something that society must not entertain”.
During the launch of the report findings, a number of civil society organisations were present including NCCE, few officers from some ministries, except ministry of education, and suggestions were made towards fighting corruption in Ghana.
Source: the republic responsible.com/Delali. Awuyeh