2018 CPI: A score less than 41 would have been ‘disastrous’ – Anti-graft campaigner

Anti-corruption campaigner, Edem Senanu, has urged the government to better its efforts at fighting political and administrative graft.

While commending the government for the marginal improvement in the latest Corruption Perception Index (CPI), Mr Senanu said the current score could have been better.

It is important to commend the efforts the government has made so far, [but] it would have been absolutely disastrous if we had been at the same place or gone down again,” the anti-corruption campaigner said Tuesday on PM Express on MultiTV.

The 2018 CPI score shows that Ghana’s has improved by one point from its 2017 score of 40.

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) said the “score is a positive departure from the continuous drop the country has been experiencing since the year 2015.”

Mr Senanu said although the campaign promises and the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the run-up to the 2016 elections were rich with impressive strategies to fighting corruption that has not reflected in the 2018 CPI score.

“In comparison with the expectations of citizens…there is a big gap in what we would have expected to have happened,” he said about the government’s anti-corruption efforts.

He believes this will self-regulate the government’s anti-corruption fight.

He also urged the government to work more with civil society institutions like the GII as it works to stamp out corruption.

He said although marginal, 2018 CPI is the start of an upward improvement in Ghana’s score that would be seen under the Nana Akufo-Addo government going forward.


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