Public officials in Ghana received GH¢5 billion as bribe in 2021 – Report

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According to a report from the Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey (GIPSS), public officials in Ghana took bribes of close to GH5 billion in cash in 2021 alone.

According to the investigation carried out by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in association with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the amount of money paid in bribes was close to one-third of the Ministry of Education’s 2021 budget.

According to the research, cash was used to pay bribes in 9 out of 10 cases.

Over 17.4 million bribes were paid in the same period, according to the first national poll, “Corruption in Ghana – people’s experiences and views.”

According to the report, bribes were given by 33.6% of Ghanaians to expedite processes, 15.8% as a token of appreciation, 13.8% to avoid paying a fee, 10.8% to avoid issues, and 3.1% to prevent the termination of public utilities.

The research addressed topics such as how bribery operates, who accepts bribes, its extent, nepotism, vote-buying in Ghana, and gender considerations.

The Ghana Police Service, Immigration Service, and the customs officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) were found to be the three top institutions that accepted bribes, according to survey results.

They were followed by representatives of the Lands Commission, the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), the Passport Agency, and law enforcement officials such as prosecutors, judges, and magistrates.

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