The Community Development Alliance (CDA) Ghana’s report has shown that the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in Ghana has created conditions in which corruption could flourish.
Covid-19 could increase corruption risks in Ghana -Report
According to the CDA, the common cliché “we are not in normal times” by government officials served as an excuse to circumvent procurement regulations which heightened the corruption risk associated with governments response to fighting the pandemic.
The CDA Ghana said this following a Covid-19 corruption risk assessment it conducted and themed, “Strengthening COVID-19 Accountability Mechanism (SCAM), with support from the Commonwealth Foundation.
Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, Executive Director for CDA, who launched the report in Accra said, the risk of irregular procurement amidst the pandemic had the potential to prolong the negative effects of the pandemic on the lives of the poor and vulnerable populations in Ghana
“An Anti-Corruption tracker published on the website of Transparency International has flagged Ghana as one of the high corruption risk countries which have failed to put in place anti-corruption measures as part of the COVID-19 financial assistance and debt relief from the IMF,” he said.
Adding that the assessment, which was carried out in March and April this year, was based on the review of the background documentation of national legal documentation for legal framework for public procurement with focused on integrity-related issues.
The assessment found out that Ghana had accessed and utilized a total of GHS 12.4 billion from sources such as the World Bank, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Ghana Stabilization Fund, Contingency Fund of the Stabilization Fund, Ghana Heritage Fund, Ghana Exim Bank and the COVID-19 Trust fund.
The IMF for instance released 1 billon dollars to the Government of Ghana to address fiscal and balance of payment needs
The World Bank firstly released 35 million dollars to fund the pandemic containment initiatives such as; case detection, confirmation, contact tracing, recording, containment, isolation and treatment, social and financial support to households, health system strengthening and community engagement and risk communication among others.