Dr. Kojo Pumpuni Asante, a senior officer at the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development, there has been no progress in combating corruption in Ghana.
He claimed that a 10-year examination of Ghana’s Corruption Perception Index (CPI) reveals that “the best-case scenario is that Ghana has stagnated, and the worst-case scenario is that Ghana has deteriorated.”
NewReport learned that Dr. Pumpuni Asante made the claim on the Super Morning Show on March 31, 2022, following President Akufo-2022 Addo’s State of the Nation Address (SONA), which was delivered on Wednesday, March 30, 2022.
The President, among other things, highlighted a number of measures adopted by the government in tackling the canker.
President Akufo-Addo noted that his government has invested more resources in the state’s anti-corruption agencies than any other administration in the country’s history and would ensure that those investments do not come to anything.
Dr. Pumpuni Asante intimated that in spite of the measures highlighted by the President during the 2022 SONA as being used to deal with corruption, little has been achieved.
“If you take the CPI, you take the Afro barometer studies, you take the Auditor General’s annual report, there’s no evidence that we are making progress on these issues of the incidence of corruption,” he said.
The Senior Research Officer, thus, entreated the government to relook at the efforts it is making in terms of the inputs against the outcomes and interrogate why the country is not making the required impact.
Dr. Asante conceded that “digitization has a potential of tackling corruption, but we need to be able to show how it actually reduces corruption.”
Dr. Pumpuni Asante noted that recent studies have made it very clear that the cost of campaigning and the cost of politics has been rising election by-election [and] “anyone who has been looking at the internal party elections for polling will show that monetization in politics is getting way out of hand.
“So if you’re going to appoint and elect people who already have soiled their hands during the process of going through the nomination for their parties and so on, then it is very difficult that when they come into the office, they would be willing and able to restrain themselves from putting their hands into the state coffers,” he added.