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About ¢5bn in bribes paid in both private and public sectors in 2021 – GSS

About ¢5 billion in bribes were paid in both the private and the public sectors, a survey by the Ghana Statistical Service has revealed.

The report dubbed ‘2021 Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey’ indicates that 26.7% of public sector officials were engaged in bribery acts, whilst 9.1% were officials from the private sector.

According to Government Statistician, Professor Samuel Kobina Annim, corruption was prevalent within the Ghana Police Service.

The service recorded 53.2% of corrupt cases, followed by the Ghana Immigration Service and the Ghana Revenue Authority with 37.4% and 33.6% respectively. The report also showed that the prevalence of bribery in Ghana is 26.7%, meaning one out of four people who had contact with a public official in the 12 months prior to the survey, had been asked to pay a bribe by a public official, or asked to pay bribe but refused to do so.

The report revealed that not only is the contract rate with private sector employees in Ghana much lower than with public officials, but also the payment of bribes to private sector employees is much less prevalent than to public officials.

However, the prevalence of private sector bribery in 2021 was 9.1%, whereas the prevalence of public sector bribery was 26.7%.

In addition, compared with the public sector, where there is no notable difference in the prevalence of bribery in urban and rural areas, people are more likely to pay bribes to private sector employees in rural areas than in urban areas.

The report also said there are also notable variations in the prevalence of private sector bribery across the regions of Ghana.

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