The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Mr. Andrew Barnes has expressed shock at the level of corruption in Ghana, a nation dominated by Christians.
To Mr. Barnes, corruption should not be an issue eating up a country which Christian population constitutes approximately 71.2% of the entire population.
Christianity is the largest religion in Ghana followed by Muslim that makes up 17%, according to the 2010 census.
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition
Speaking at the launch of strategic plan of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition in Accra on Wednesday, Andrew Barnes pointed out that although he doesn’t believe in the existence of God, he knows “corruption is clearly against Christian teachings”.
His comments comes barely a month after Netherlands Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker suggested to Ghana to pursue what he termed a “Ghana Beyond Corruption”.
“You need a good business climate to attract foreign investment…”, the diplomat said.
Ghana scored 41 out of 100 points in the 2018 corruption perception index, ranking 78 out of 180 countries, according to Transparency.
Mr. Barnes commended the coalition for keeping up the pressure on government and those in responsible positions to check corruption, noting that the situation would have been worst without the GACC.
Corruption is a problem in Ghana
“As we all know, corruption distorts market, stalls economic growth, entrenches poverty, debases democracy, undermines the rule of law, and wastes precious government finances.
“Where procurement means 10%, 20% or even higher additional cost because of kickbacks and bribes, it means ultimately the ordinary Ghanaian who ends up paying. Then Government debt becomes larger than it should be…”