‘Corruption is a cancerous national canker’ – NCCE

By
Isaac Arkoh/Nana Oye Gyimah, GNA

Kormantse (CR), Sept.12,
GNA – The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has described
corruption as a “frightening cancerous national canker” and rallied
the collective effort of all stakeholders to drastically curtail the menace.

The Commission
noted that the act permeated every facet of the Ghanaian social fabric – from
the traders on the walkways to religious and traditional organizations.

Mr Nicolas Ofori
Boateng, the Regional Director of the Commission who made the call, stated it
was a civic responsibility and obligation of every Ghanaian to ensure the total
wipe-out of bribery and corruption.

He was speaking at
a public sensitisation programme on “ending corruption” held at Kormantse in
the Mfantseman Municipality of the Central Region.

The exercise dubbed
“Anti-corruption, Rule of Law, and Accountability Programme” (ARAP) is a
Ghana-European Union (EU) partnership aimed at supporting the National
Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

The engagement was
also aimed at soliciting and collating views, ideas and concerns on corruption,
as well as take their recommendations on how to reduce corruption to ensure
equal access to resources and accountability in the use of public resources in
the country.

The goal of the
five year programme is to build the capacity of the NCCE, the Commission on
Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the media to conduct
campaigns for increased accountability and reduction in corruption.

According to the
NCCE Director, corrupt activities stalls development and urged Ghanaians to
renew their minds and change their attitudes and behaviours.

He pointed out that
fighting corruption would be futile without a broad societal awareness to its
dangers, costs and ramifications, as well as the unbridled commitment of every
person to combat it.

In that respect, Mr
Boateng stressed the need to retool and routinely build the capacity of
institutions that investigate and prosecute corrupt practices to invigorate the
true meaning to the national fight against the canker.

Mrs Lydia Antwi
with the Commission for Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), urged
individuals to feel free to confide in officials of the NCCE especially on
issues relating to corruption and assured them of absolute protection.

She charged parents
to train their wards to be good citizens so that generations to come would not
have reasons to fight corruption and bribery.

Mr Patrick Kofi
Wayo from the Mfantseman Municipal Office of the National Health Insurance
scheme (NHIS) reiterated the commitment to adapt to technologically inclined
method of operations that will dispel all acts of corruption in their
operations.

In so doing, the
Authority has come up with membership registration and payment system via
phone, excellence in client services, and prompt electronic receipting and
payment platforms to check corruption.

GNA

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