A survey result on corruption in Ghana released by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), has cited the Bono East, Savannah and Volta Regions as regions with less corruption-related activities in the country.
The survey revealed that over 17.4 million bribes were paid in 2021 with police officers topping the list of officials who take bribes at 53.2%.
It cited the Ghana Police Service as the most corrupt Public Institution in Ghana followed by the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
According to the survey, Ghanaians with tertiary education were 1.6 times more likely to pay bribes than those without formal education.
It said more than a quarter of adults in Ghana (26.7%) paid a bribe in the 12 months preceding the survey-mainly in 2021 with a significant regional variation in the prevalence of bribery ranging from 53.4% in Western North to 11.8% in North East.
Meanwhile, slightly more than 10% of adults were offered a bribe for their vote in the 2020 election and approximately GH₵ 5 billion was paid in cash bribes in 2021.
The survey dubbed, “2021 Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey (GIPSS) – People’s Experiences and Views on Corruption Report” was launched by CHRAJ in collaboration with the GSS and the UNODC.
GIPSS is a nationally representative population-based survey that provides internationally comparable measures of corruption.
Some of the statistics that will be generated from GIPSS include prevalence, frequency and characterisation of bribery and corruption in both public and private services, awareness and effectiveness of anti-corruption agencies, feelings of security and access to justice.