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A former Executive Secretary of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) – a local chapter of Transparency International (TI), Mr Vitus Azeem, has described attempts by the communicators of the government to blame the John Mahama administration for Ghana’s abysmal performance in the latest Transparency International rating as disingenuous.
Explaining the methodology of Transparency International in assessing a country with regards to corruption, he said the latest rating was based strictly on what happened in Ghana in 2017 with regards to corruption and attempts to fight it.
He said, Corruption Perception Index is the leading global indicator of public sector corruption, offering a yearly snapshot of the relative degree of corruption by ranking countries from all over the globe.
According to the anti- corruption crusader, the corruption perception index is a composite index, a combination of different international surveys and assessments of corruption, collected by a variety of reputable institutions. He revealed that the score was aggregated from seven data sources.
He emphasized that the result of the corruption perception index 2017 shows that corruption has escalated in Ghana and also shows there are strong warning signs around the country that the move to gag anti-corruption crusaders, crack down on freedoms, including the space for civil society, the media, can have negative effects on the fight against corruption