World anti-corruption campaigner, Transparency International (TI), has released the 2018 rankings of assessed countries and Ghana placed 78th out of 180.
The ranking is officially referred to as the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). It takes into account factors such as the administration of the public purse as well as easy and accessible information to the general public.
Ghana's placement represents the 41% scored under the various criteria used by TI. It was below the overall average of 43%.
In the 2017 report of the CPI, Ghana scored 40% but placed 81st out of 180 countries. As such, reports have it that government officials are touting the 2018 numbers as an improvement.
Deputy minister of information, Pius Hadidze, told reporters in Accra on Tuesday, January 29, 2019: “While admitting that the marginal increase in the score is only an indication of work in progress, government wishes to congratulate Ghanaians in general and anti-graft agencies in particular."
But others had a different perspective on things. Bright Simons of socio-political think-tank, IMANI Africa, made his feelings known in a tweet on January 29.
Simons cited that in 2014, the country saw one of its best numbers ever; a 61st place out of 175 countries with a mark of 48%. The government of Akufo-Addo has not bested those numbers.
This makes former president John Mahama's tenure as one of the most successful periods of the anti-corruption fight, per the outlook of Transparency International.
In Ghana where the issue of corruption is a perennial topic, these new numbers from the Transparency International will be debated by the major political parties.
Meanwhile, Ghanaian actress Yvonne Nelson has for the first time lauded former president John Mahama for some initiatives he rolled out when he was president.
Nelson, known to have severely criticised the Mahama government and campaigning against it, has indicated that she does not think Mahama was a bad president after all.
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