Government statistician Prof. Samuel Kobina Annim has expressed concern about the dishonest means and methods people are using to get job opportunities in public services.
He says the level of bribery and corruption in security recruitment processes is likely to have “ripple effects” on the efficiency and productivity of public service delivery.
Rather than impartial and merit-based recruitment processes, Professor Annim noted that various key positions are awarded to privileged people based on personal, family or social ties.
“What this investigation has shown is [that] of our respondents, 12.5% of them had applied for positions in the civil service – 25% of them got it and out of that 25% we had about 4 out of 10 who either paid a bribe de-vin, either got the job through nepotism, or both.
“What worries me here is the ripple effect, because it’s not just the implications of paying bribes, but the consequences of having people who are not competent and, ultimately the effect from a corruption perspective will be compounded by getting a public service that doesn’t have the right people,” he told Samson Anyenini on Saturday, July 23.
A 2021 survey by the Ghana Statistical Service and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice showed that a total of €5 billion was paid in bribes last year to access basic services in the private and public sectors.
The 2021 Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey indicates that 26.7% of public sector officials have engaged in acts of corruption, while 9.1% were private sector officials.
“These conversations need to be supported from the perspective of the ripple effects of bribe payments. This exercise was funded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime; the total budget for this exercise was of about ¢6 million.
“If you look at this from the perspective of the ¢5 million that we have quantified, as a country we should institutionalize this, and then over time we can monitor the real effects of the interventions that we put in place. [place],” he added.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is not surprised by the latest report which highlights corruption as a major blight in the country.
According to GII program manager Mary Awelana Addah, previous studies by her team have produced similar results.
According to her, this only confirms the fact that the threat is endemic.
“We’ve done this before and it’s not that different from the numbers we found,” she said on Newsfile.