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The Local chapter of Transparency International, a leading global civil society organisation in the fight against corruption, the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has advised the Akufo-Addo government to tackle elements that promote public sector corruption such as patronage, clientelism, nepotism and suspiciously close ties between business and politics.

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This recommendation follows Ghana’s unimpressive performance in the 2019 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) rankings released today. Ghana maintained its 2018 score of 41 points but slipped from 78th in 2018 to 80th out of the 180 countries and territories under consideration.

“Government must take a critical look at elements that promote sector corruption including patronage, clientelism, nepotism and suspiciously close ties between politics and business,” a statement on the 2019 CPI rankings sighted by MyNewsGh.com recommended.

GII also advised government to discourage vote buying by punishing perpetrators; avoid abuse of incumbency among others.

Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the Akufo-Addo administration of being the most nepotistic government in the history of the country, accusing the President of having appointed dozens of his family relatives into government.

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But the government hit back denying that some of the persons had any family ties with the President but arguing that those with ties to the President are well qualified for the positions they occupy.

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