President John Mahama has rejected a recent Transparency International report that Ghana ranks among the most corrupt countries in Africa.
According to the report, the oil-producing West African country is only second to South Africa in terms of corruption perception.
Mahama has described the media interpretation of the survey as “false”.
“This survey was wrongly interpreted as placing Ghana as the second most corrupt country in Africa,” Mahama said at a high level meeting on the National Anti-corruption Action Plan in Accra.
“It is absolutely false and for emphasis I repeat this is absolutely false. Despite all attempts by institutions that sponsored the report to correct this wrong interpretation, leading political figures have continued to spread this false impression.”
“What can be the motivation for a section of our population to be so obsessed in trying to create such an undignified title for ourselves at the expense of our nation’s dignity and our international image?
“I leave the matter to the consciences of such persons. It is sad to say many media networks including our own respected national daily – Graphic – also run along with this falsehood and got the entire country engaged in conversations that should never have taken place.
“Not only did the conversation end up misleading the Ghanaian public, it indeed also gave our country an undeserved negative image amongst the comity of nations and the international community as a whole…
“There was no ranking in that report and it is absolutely false that Ghana is the second most corrupt country in Africa. We reject it completely.”