The National Democratic Congress (NDC) flagbearer, John Mahama, has urged the Akufo-Administration to stop making excuses when it comes to fighting corruption.
In a statement to mark International Anti-Corruption Day, he gave assurance that the NDC will show more commitment in the corruption fight if it comes into government.
In Mr. Mahama’s view, “recent surveys are confirming that we [Ghana] are losing the fight against corruption.”
“We will strengthen and make the anti-corruption agencies work without fear or favour. If we are to win the fight against corruption, Government must stop making excuses as a coverup for the increasing cases of corruption. President Akufo-Addo’s practice of “clearing” corrupt appointees and hamper investigations must stop.”
“We shall protect the rights of our people to expose corruption and undertake to investigate credible allegations that come to our attention. No journalist will be killed, live in fear or flee the country because of their investigative reporting.”
Ghana’s performance on the Transparency International corruption perception index increased by a point to 41 in 2018, from its 2017 score of 40.
This left Ghana with a ranking of 78 out of 180 countries; an improvement from 2017’s rank of 81.
Ghana has averaged 38.75 Points from 1998 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 48 Points in 2014 and a record low of 33 Points in 1999.