Some Ghanaians believe in paying ‘illegal fees’ for services – Report

Accra – Eighty-two percent of respondents sampled in four regions in Ghana think that most Ghanaians are corrupt and believed in paying facilitation and illegal fees before accessing public services.

The respondents also did not see giving of gifts to public official as bribery.

This was contained in the 50 page METOGU Anti- Corruption Report launched in Accra on Wednesday.

The METOGU project is a systematic and on-going appraisal research report of the 2016 manifesto of the New Patriotic Party government promise on corruption.

The analysis focused on seven thematic areas including; the General Corruption issues, the Creation of the Office of the Special prosecutor, the passage of the Right to Information Bill, Reforms of the Public Procurement Act and Value for money.

The rest are; beneficial ownership Title, the Passage of the Public Officers Code of Conduct Bill and Assets Declaration Regime, the National Health Insurance Scheme and School Feeding programme.

Dr George �Grandy Hallow and Dr Foster Frempong, Consultants of Pensplusbyte took turns to throw more light on the research.

The report showed that there were beliefs that the Special Prosecutor could deal with the fight against Corruption cases but expressed fears that there would be political interference in his work.

It noted 79.6 per cent respondents believed that government could starve the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) of resources and make it redundant given the euphoria that greeted the creation of the creation of ECOC and CHRAJ.

The research further revealed that with regard to Procurement Act and Value for Money for Audits, 56.8 per cent felt that competitive bidding through Public Procurement Act (PPA) guidelines would ensure value for money.

However 46.5 per cent believed that the NPP government had not used competitive bidding in the award of its contracts since assuming power.

On election of MMDCE’s respondents believed that government could not fulfil its promise within the four year mandate and the report therefore recommended that government collaborated with Civil Societies to pick up relevant information on corruption and the Right to information Bill for passing.

It further called for a framework that would insulate the School Feeding programme from excessive politicisation.

The OSP and other relevant anti- corruption state institutions must the resourced and government must have the political will to deal with corruption and appealed to the Ghana Education Service and the Ministry of Education to consider introducing Anti-Corruption into basic and secondary school.

Source: Ghana News Agency