Bonaa: There are too many gaps in GSS, CHRAJ corruption survey
A survey by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and others found the police, immigration and customs services most susceptible to taking bribes
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A security analyst, Adam Bonaa has flayed the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over their recent corruption survey on some public institutions in the country.
The survey found the police, immigration and customs services most susceptible to taking bribes, mirroring other surveys such as the Corruption Perceptions Index.
The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Dr George Akuffo Dampare, has challenged the report, describing it as “heavily challenged and corrupted from both the academic and practice point of view.”
“We want to place on record that we are passionate about this because the continuous empirically and scientifically unsubstantiated labelling of the police service as the most corrupt institution in the country only goes to feed this perception and damage the reputation of the service as well as weaken the morale of its personnel,” Dampare said.
“As we have all now come to accept, perception tends to be more powerful than reality and therefore we have no choice than to share our position on this matter.”
Reacting to the development on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Thursday (28 July), Bonaa said the two institutions did a shoddy job.
“If you look at their aim, very scanty. So, there are several things that don’t add up, and if you look at the report itself, there are too many gaps. So, it is good that the Ghana Police Service has responded.
“One of the areas we ask the question about has to do with the fact that, every state institution highlighted came out as corrupt, so what it means is that CHRAJ and the Ghana Statistical Service if they were to be captured will be corrupt,” he said.
“I think on their list immigration was second and police first, let us know how much in terms of the work, how much the police and immigration took that constituted the GHC5 billion. They didn’t do all that, so they have left that for us to come and answer,” Bonaa added.
In a five-page response, the Inspector General of Police said it would have been helpful if the researchers had engaged the service to find out what measures they had instituted, so they can be incorporated into the findings.