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Ghana Statistical Service says bribe payers paid an average of 5 bribes in 2021.

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Ghana Statistical Services says the average highest cash bribe of GHc1, 669 was paid to Lands Commission officers. This was followed by prosecutors, judges or magistrates with an amount of GHC1,208 and much smaller averages went to health workers and Police officers.

In relation to the health workers and the police, Ghana Statistical Services stated smaller cash bribes were paid mostly to public officials that had frequent contact with members of the public.

“When measuring the likelihood of people paying a bribe to, or being asked to pay a bribe by, a public official of a particular public institution, it is necessary to calculate the contact rate in relation to the type of public official who works there. With a contact rate of 60.2 per cent and 51.3 per cent, respectively health care professionals such as doctors, nurses and midwives, teachers and lectures are the two types of public official with whom the largest share of people have contact.”

Ghana Statistical Services Survey also noted age as well as regions also places a role in the bribery survey conducted. “The prevalence of bribery in Ghana also varies across age groups. Younger adults are more likely to pay bribes than the older population. In 2021, with a prevalence of bribery of 29.9 per cent, Ghanaians aged 25–34 were the age group most likely to pay bribes”.

The survey did not leave out the private sector adding that bribery occurred between employees in private banks, employees in private insurance companies, private security guards and other employees in private businesses and the public.


“As in the public sector, the contact rate with private sector employees varies substantially across the regions of Ghana, with the contact rate being much higher in the Greater Accra, Western and Western North regions, at 59.1, 50.0 and 45.0 per cent, respectively, than in regions such as the Upper West, Oti and Bono East, at 11.2, 17.7 and 18.5 per cent, respectively. The contact rate with private sector employees is much higher in urban areas (46.9 per cent) than in rural areas (27.6 per cent) of the country as many more private services are more likely to be accessed in the former.|”

The above revelations were made from a survey conducted by the Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ). The survey is dubbed, ‘2021 Ghana Integrity of Public Services Survey’.

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