Despite continuous efforts by anti-corruption bodies, Ghana has consistently fallen below 50 points on the Corruption Perception Index (CPI), prompting concerns about the apparent stagnation in the fight against corruption.
Mrs. Beauty Emefa Narteh, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), highlighted these concerns during an engagement with the Ghana News Agency Tema Regional Office as part of the project “Is the fight against Corruption in the fourth republic a mirage or reality?”
Mrs. Narteh emphasized the need for holistic commitment from all stakeholders, stating, “Until all stakeholders commit holistically to the fight against corruption, all efforts would amount to only scratching the surface of corruption instead of winning the fight against it.”
The Executive Secretary shared insights into the GACC project, “Building Evidence for Increased Accountability in Ghana through a Multi-Stakeholder Accountability Initiative,” which commemorated the 2023 African Anti-Corruption Day in 31 districts across 14 regions in Ghana.
Expressing disappointment with Ghana's CPI performance, Mrs. Narteh stated, “I am embarrassed to say that currently, we have normalized corruption in a way. If you look at the CPI, we have not done well. If we were students, we would have been seen as average students.”
Mrs. Narteh urged the youth to actively participate in the fight against corruption, highlighting their role as future bearers of the consequences of the current corruption landscape. She also called for proactive leadership, commitment, and adequate resources to make the fight against corruption feasible.
Addressing the challenge of prosecution, Mrs. Narteh noted that despite reports of corruption, jailing offenders remained rare, emphasizing the need for a stronger legal response to deter corrupt practices.