11Dec

Regional Float and Sensitization Program in Cape Coast

I make this statement on behalf of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), the CHRAJ, and all of you Stakeholders gathered here.

Sunday December 9 is International Anti-Corruption Day, and the GACC and CHRAJ are pleased to champion a nationwide commemoration of the Day in all ten regional capitals of Ghana.

The International Anti-Corruption Day presents an opportunity for Ghanaians in all walks of life to deeply reflect on the negative effects of corruption on Ghana’s development and future.

The significance of this year’s theme: “United Against Corruption for Development, Peace and Security” cannot be overemphasized. Ghana needs development, peace and security badly, but these can be achieved only when we reduce corruption substantially in our society.

The theme for this year’s IACD appropriately challenges every citizen of Ghana to reflect, rethink and resolve to say No to Corruption, and to actively fight it wherever it occurs. We agree with this year’s theme that we must unite against corruption, and we are happy to note that CHRAJ and GACC are leading the effort to unite the nation around the NACAP to win the fight against corruption in Ghana.

On this occasion, we call on every Ghanaian to take a bold stand to Resist, Reject, Report and Punish Corruption, and make it an extremely high risk activity.

We also take the opportunity to call on the Government and the People of Ghana to ensure:

1. The Passage of a credible RTI law to ensure that citizens can easily access public information, particularly information on budgets, contracts, foreign agreements & treaties, as well as procurement, to enhance transparency and accountability in the society.

2. Timely passage of key anti-corruption bills, particularly, the Conduct of Public Officer’s Bill and the Whistleblowers Amendment Bill,

3. Effective implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) as well as other key anti-corruption conventions such as the African Union Convention Against Corruption (AU CAC) and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC).

Ladies and Gentlemen, Yesterday was Farmers Day, and we take this opportunity to say ayekoo to our gallant farmers and fishermen and all those who work very hard to ensure the nation has enough to eat all year round.

Thank you for coming.
Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year in advance!