Mo Ibrahim Index We don't need Mo Ibrahim to determine Ghana's performance - Gov't

The Index, which seeks to assess the performance of various countries by measuring the extent to which they meet the expectations of citizens politically, socially and economically showed Ghana had experienced a decline over the last ten years in three of four key indicators.

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The Minister of Communications, Dr Edward Omane Boamah has asked Ghanaians to ignore the latest Mo Ibrahim Index on Governance, indicating that it does not reflect the realities on the ground.

“We do not need the [Mo Ibrahim] survey to actually know how we are faring as a nation. The reality is that Ghana is rising, Ghana is making significant progress. ... If you are to look at the peace and stability that we enjoy...do you need a Mo Ibrahim index?" he questioned.

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The 2015 Mo Ibrahim Index of African Governance has ranked Ghana 7th for the second time. This year’s release which featured 54 African countries was released by Mohammed Ibrahim, the Chairman of the Mo Ibrahim foundation on Monday.

The Index, which seeks to assess the performance of various countries by measuring the extent to which they meet the expectations of citizens politically, socially and economically showed Ghana had experienced a decline over the last ten years in three of four key indicators.

A summary of the report said that "even if Ghana and South Africa feature in the top ten performing countries in overall governance in 2015, they are also the eighth and tenth most deteriorated over the decade".

But Dr Boamah disagrees with the report, saying Ghana’s performance on governance had been positive in recent years.

Dr Boamah further asked the foundation to “rely more on quantitative surveys”, adding: “If you are dealing with qualitative, the biases are in there, the subjectivities are in there," he said on Accra-based Joy FM.

The foundation, owned by Sudanese multi-millionaire businessman Mo Ibrahim revealed that even though Ghana scored 63.9 out of 100 for the year under review, the trend for the past decade saw a decline of 2.1.

Ghana recorded an increase in the participation and human rights indicator with a score of 72.1 and a rank of 4th out of 54 countries. A look at the trend for the past decade shows an increase of 0.1.

For sustainable economic opportunity, Ghana ranked 15th and scored 39.1 with the decade trend showing a decline of 4.2.

Under the human development category, Ghana ranked 11th, scoring 64.2. The country also recorded a decline of 1.6 over the past decade.

Ghana recorded 70.0 and ranked sixth in the area of safety and rule of law but recorded a decline of 2.6 for the past decade.

The IIAG assesses governance provision within four distinct conceptual categories

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