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Batidam reflects on stains within African Union Advisory Board on Corruption following resignation


A report estimates that more than half of Africans believe corruption has increased since 2014

A 2015 Transparency Report paints a bleak picture of the excruciating forms of corruption permeating throughout sub-Sahara Africa.

According to the report, nearly 75 million people have paid a bribe either to maneuver around the rule of law, or to receive access to basic needs. Of all the people interviewed – 43,143 respondents across 28 countries over the span of one year – Ghana was listed as one of the worst offenders of corruption.

Daniel Batidam, former governance and corruption advisor to former President John Mahama, said he tried to reduce those numbers. After serving two years as the Chairman of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, he resigned on findings that exploitation lived within the Union. For him, there was no point in advocating against corruption when the members themselves did not work to prevent it.

Former governance and corruption advisor to former President John Mahama, Daniel Batidam.

“You get to the level of the African Union and you want to combat and prevent corruption. After a while you see that none of the principles you are upholding are being held,” Batidam told Daniel Dadzie on the Super Morning Show Tuesday.

For most countries globally, he said, corruption takes its own form, whether it be politically, legally or in the private sector. At its core, corruption disrupts peace and stability, and in modern times, it has become a security issue, he forewarned.

The Transparency Report estimates that more than half of Africans believe corruption has increased since 2014 and most governments fail to meet their citizens’ prospects in eliminating corruption. The report further reveals that across the sub-Saharan region, the police are seen to show the highest levels of corruption.