'Embezzlement Of State Funds' Is Topmost Act Of Corruption In Ghana - NCCE Study

| Updated Nov 29, 2017 at 7:54pm



Embezzlement of State funds has been identified as the leading 'act of corruption' in Ghana.

This is the outcome of a research on Corruption, Accountability and Environmental Governance in Ghana, conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE.

Speaking to GBC’s Radio Ghana at the launch, anti-corruption campaigner, Vitus Azeem said the perception of corruption in the country, is due to the lack of political will by successive governments to adopt a sustained policy towards fighting corruption.

He attributed the slow pace of the country's development to corruption.

The study on public perception on the state of corruption, public account accountability and environmental governance in Ghana by the NCCE was conducted in the ten regions.

The sample size was eight thousand seven hundred and six persons drawn from Urban and Rural areas with the target age group of fifteen years and above.

About 90 per cent of the respondents perceived corruption as embezzlement which involves mismanaging resources meant for the common good.

More than fifty eight per cent of the respondents said they have in one way or the other witnessed an act of corruption.

Fraud was the second highest identified as the most corrupt act. The report also revealed that men are perceived as more corrupt than women, and the Ghana Police Service led the chat as the institution perceived as the most corrupt.

Launching the report, a former Commissioner of CHRAJ, Justice Emile Short, said Ghanaians should change their mind set in the fight against corruption, especially towards those involved in the act and the need to see it as a menace that is detrimental to societal progress.

On the environment, respondents said Sanitation is the major challenge in the country.

A discussion on the report is due on the 5th of December this year.