According to the anti-corruption watchdog’s 2013 Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) released July 9, 2013, 54% of the 2000 respondents surveyed in Ghana reported that corruption has increased in the past two years (from 2011 to 2013).
Only 20% said that corruption had decreased in the country.
The GCB is a survey of the public’s perceptions and experiences of corruption. In Ghana, a total number of 2000 people were surveyed, comprising respondents from two MMDAs in each of the ten administrative regions.
Despite government’s efforts in curbing the act, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of TI in Ghana, says only 30% of respondents have confidence in the government’s efforts in fighting corruption.
On the other hand, a number of respondents representing 57% said the government’s efforts in corruption fight were ineffective.
According to the survey, the Ghana Police Service topped the list of most corrupt institutions, followed by political parties.
It noted that 54% of the respondents who made contact with various public service institutions reported having paid a bribe. TI cited an example that of the 38% of the respondents who made contact with the Police, 79% paid a bribe while of the 21% of the respondents who made contact with the Lands Services such Lands Department, Land Valuation, Town and Country Planning and Land Title Registry, 52% paid a bribe.
According to TI, when the respondents were asked to state the reasons for which they had to pay a bribe, 30% of the respondents who paid a bribe said they did so because it was the only way to obtain the service they wanted while 45% paid a bribe because they wanted to speed up things.
It added that “only 18% of the respondents paid the bribe as a gift or a sign of gratuity while 8% of the respondents who paid a bribe did so in order to get a cheaper service”.
By Ekow Quandzie