Ghana lost approximately GH5 billion in cash in 2021 due to the payment of bribes to public officials, according to the Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey (GIPSS).
This is nearly one-third of the Ministry of Education’s 2021 budget, which is implementing one of the government’s flagship programs, Free Senior High School (free SHS).
The government is currently working against the clock to raise approximately GHS4.5 billion through the Electronic Transactions Levy (E-Levy), a domestic revenue mobilization enhancement measure designed to support national development.
The first national survey, titled “Corruption in Ghana—People’s Experiences and Views,” also revealed that over 17.4 million bribes were paid during the same time period.
The Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) conducted the survey in collaboration with the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) (UNODC).
It gathered evidence-based information on the types of corruption affecting Ghana’s population from 15,000 households across the country, involving people aged 18 and up.
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