By Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA
Sunyani, Aug. 26, GNA – The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has reiterated the appeal for all Ghanaians to join in the campaign to stop the canker of corruption for the preservation of the nation’s future generation.
The redemption of Ghana from corruption would immensely benefit not only the present generation of Ghanaian children but even those yet unborn because it would create a very strong foundation to make the economy resilient and buoyant.
Mr. Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ who repeated the call at a day’s capacity workshop on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) framework in Sunyani, said the fight was a shared responsibility that required the immense contribution of everyone.
The workshop was to educate participants on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) framework and increase their awareness against corruption and promote corruption reporting as spelt out in the Plan.
The 90-page framework document enjoins and brings together various stakeholders to collectively fight corruption through education and awareness raising, prevention, investigation and enforcement.
Third in the series, the workshop was organised by CHRAJ in collaboration with the Ghana Integrity Initiative, the Local Chapter of Transparency International and the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
It was sponsored by the Impact Grant through Global Affairs-Canada, formerly the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and aimed at building the capacity of participants to dedicate themselves at both personal and institutional levels to strongly support the fight against corruption.
Participants were drawn from the security services, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the Regional Coordinating Council, the Municipal and District Assemblies and the media.
The others were from the Ghana Health Service, National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Education Service, Attorney General’s Department and the National Commission for Civic Education.
It is estimated that Ghana was losing over US$3 Billion, equivalent to Gh¢13.8 Billion annually through corruption whilst in the same vein Africa too lost US$100 Billion yearly, he said.
The CHRAJ Deputy Commissioner noted that the amount Ghana lost, represented over 300 per cent of all foreign support received in a year and also 25 per cent of the 2016 annual budget estimates.
Mr. Quayson bemoaned that the monies being lost through the menace was having a devastating effect on the socio-economic development of the country.
He said besides financing the free Senior High School Programme and expanding the School Feeding Programme to benefit more pupils and students, the monies could also be used to expand the economy to offer employment to improve the lives of the struggling unemployed masses.
Mr. Quayson bemoaned corruption was associated with lawlessness and indiscipline, saying these evils had permeated the entire fabric of the Ghanaian society and therefore drawing back national development.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Deputy News Editor of GNA, addressing participants on “The Role of the Media in the Fight against Corruption”, entreated both public and private institutions to partner effectively with the media in their programmes and activities to prevent the incidence of corruption.
By Nana Osei Kyeretwie, GNA