The Corruption Perception Index (CPI) has dropped Ghana’s ranking in Africa from 6th position in 2015 to 9th after scoring 47 points out of 100 in 2016. Globally, the country placed 70 out of 176 countries included in the 2016 index. Botswana and Cape Verde maintained their position as the number one and two on the continent after scoring 60 and 59 respectively in the latest ranking. The Transparency International sponsored initiative was released on Wednesday, January 25, 2017. “This year, the CPI shows that Ghana’s performance has dropped by 4 percentage points from its 2015 score of 47 points. This score is the lowest in Ghana’s CPI scores since 2012 when CPI scores became comparable,” the Transparency International statement said. “The CPI 2016 used nine (9) out of the (13) data sources of independent institutions with a high level of credibility to compute the index for Ghana. “The 2016 CPI score indicates that, in spite of Ghana’s efforts at fighting corruption the canker is still a serious problem. “Ghana’s score of 43 points is a likely reflection of the many exposés of public sector corruption in the last few years including the police recruitment scam, Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Authority (GYEEDA) scandal, Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) scandal, GHc 144 million GRA/Subah Scandal, the infamous Woyome’s GHC 51 million judgment debt saga and the Smartty’s bus rebranding deal. “This is likely compounded by government perceived inability to fully resolve high profile corruption cases.”
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