Ghana is second most corrupt country in Africa followed by Nigeria

Ghana has been ranked the second most corrupt country in Africa behind South Africa. Ghana is closely followed by oil rich Nigeria making up the top three worst performing nations in the corruption index.

This is according to the latest corruption perception index by Transparency International which indicated that about 71 percent of people living in Ghana say corruption has increased over the last twelve months.

A total number of 43,143 respondents across 28 countries in Sub-Saharan Africa were interviewed between March 2014 and September 2015 to ask them about their experiences and perceptions of corruption in their country.

58 percent of Africans in the surveyed countries, say corruption has increased over the past 12 months. In 18 out of the 28 countries surveyed a large majority of people said their government is doing badly at fighting corruption.

In the report titled People and Corruption: Africa Survey 2015, Global Corruption Barometer, an arm of Transparency International partnered with Afrobarometer to conduct the survey.

Despite these disappointing findings, the bright spots across the continent were in Botswana, Burkina Faso, Lesotho and Senegal. Citizens in these countries were some of the most positive in the region when discussing corruption.

For the first time, people reported business executives as highly corrupt. Businesses ranked as having the second highest levels of corruption in the region, just below the police.

The police service regularly rated as the most corrupt, but the strongly negative assessment of business executives is new compared to previous surveys.

Business was followed by government officials, tax officials, judges and magistrates, members of parliament, local government councilors, office of the Presidency, traditional leaders and religious leaders.

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22 percent of people that have come into contact with a public service in the past 12 months said they paid a bribe. Of the six key public services that we asked about, people who come into contact with the courts and police are the most likely to have paid a bribe.