Ghanaians have once again tagged the Ghana Police Service as the state institution perceived to be most corrupt, according to the latest Afrobarometer report.
The report administered by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) said 89% of the 2,400 respondents believe the police institution has corrupted itself while government officials came second with 86%.
“54% responded that they have little or no trust in information from government sources,” the report said. “7 of 10 citizens [71%] of Ghanaians believe government has performed “very badly” or “fairly badly” in fighting corruption.”
According to the round six of the Afrobarometer report, 75% of Ghanaians say corruption is on the ascendency in the young oil-growing country of West Africa while a lot of them (81%) also see the Electoral Commission as corrupt.
Majority of the respondents who were interviewed between May and June 2014 said they trust the military more than their Members of Parliament, DCEs and government officials. The respondents included government officials, MPs among others.
The report dubbed: “Trust and corruption in Public Institutions: Ghanaian opinions” revealed majority of Ghanaians say they trust religious leaders (63%) and traditional leaders (50%) “somewhat” or “a lot.”
The Police Service this week said it is purging itself of corruption and has appealed to the public to stop bribing its personnel.
Afrobarometer is an independent, non-partisan research project that measures the social, political, and economic atmosphere in Africa. Afrobarometer surveys are conducted in 35 African countries and are repeated on a regular cycle.