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NCCE survey identifies bribery, favouritism as main forms of corruption

Ghanaians have identified bribery, favouritism and fraud as the main form of corruption in the country a survey conducted by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) under the Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) has established.

The survey, which focused on citizens’ awareness and knowledge of corruption, its causes and effect in Ghana established that corruption was endemic.

The NCCE as part of its civic education engagements has since 2017 been involved in numerous education programmes aimed at supporting Ghana’s anti-corruption and public accountability drive.

The Survey report made available to the Ghana News Agency at Tema on Friday captured a sampled size of 4,220 Ghanaians between 20 to 29 years. The survey used purposive, systematic, and simple random sampling techniques, from 108 districts, On the level of corruption, both studies-a baseline in 2017 and an end-line survey in 2020, established that corruption was high.

Majority of the baseline study respondents representing 91.4 per cent also ranked the level of corruption as high compared with 86.8 per cent in the end-line.

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Corruption, influence peddling by FA Officials affecting quality of coaching in Ghana – Coach Inkoom

Head Coach of National Women’s League side Sea Lions Ladies FC, Maapa Inkoom has opined that favouritism, cronyism, and interference from top officials is affecting the work of coaches.

Speaking exclusively to Nhyiraba Kwabena Asirifi on Rainbow Sports on Rainbow Radio 87.5 FM, he said one major challenge coaches face especially at the national level is the inference by FA officials who chose the kind of players to be selected for tournaments.

He told the host that as a coach if you are unable to be firm and do your work, some FA officials will dictate to you and tell you to select certain players who lack the merit to join the national teams.

Mr. Inkoom warned this attitude and corrupt act will affect the quality of our national teams if we fail to deal with it.

He also bemoaned the situation where friends and other close associates of coaches try to influence their work by forcing them to chose certain players even when they are not good.

He added that players should merit a call so they do not expose the coach to public ridicule.

Mr. Inkoom underscored the need for stakeholders to allow coaches to work independently and stop taking money from people to select their choice of players.

“There are some senior FA officials who try to influence the selection process because of the money they will make. Influence peddling, cronyism, favoritism, and friendship are some of the factors affecting the quality of coaching in Ghana. As a coach, if you don’t stamp your authority, people will influence you to select players who are not good and in the end, you will be blamed for their incompetence.”

Source: Rainbowradioonline.com

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Is the independence of Auditor-General sacrosanct? – A critical review

The independence of the Auditor-General’s (A-G’s) office has become a hot topic in Ghana due to frequent removals and appointments by incoming or outgoing Presidents, and the recent clash of the A-G with the board and the board chairman of the Ghana Audit Service.

Importantly, due to the circumstances surrounding the appointment of the current A-G, the two main political parties have unfortunately become entrenched in ways beautifully described by a communication director of a major political party as follows: “They seek to undermine the constitutional office and mandate of the A-G by bringing in their usual NDC-NPP politics.”

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