Presidency is 2nd most corrupt institution – IEA survey

A survey conducted by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has ranked the Office of the President as the second most corrupt institution in Ghana.

The Socio-economic and Governance Survey also ranked the Police Service as the most corrupt institution in the country.

The survey was conducted in all the ten regions of Ghana with persons aged 18 years and above as the target population.

The IEA noted that one of the most pressing governance challenges confronting the country is the high prevalence of bribery and corruption.

Respondents in the survey ranked Tax officials and Members of Parliament as third and fourth most corrupt respectively.

Other corrupt officials, according to respondents, were government officials, District Chief Executives, Judges and Magistrates, Assembly Men and Women, Immigration and the army respectively.

The Office of the President recently came under intense criticism after its own report to Parliament revealed that it had overspent by about 100%, its budgetary allocation for 2014.

Parliament approved a ceiling of Ghc30,929,343, but according to the 2014 report from the Finance Committee of Parliament, the Presidency spent Ghc75,917,714 between January and September 2014 only.

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