Members of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) have reiterated the call on the citizenry to report corrupt acts they witnessed towards realising gains in the ongoing anti-corruption campaign.
Members of the Coalition together with some stakeholders in the fight against corruption, after a route march with the youth through streets in Ho as part of activities to mark the 2019 Anti-Corruption Day, encouraged the populace to make use of corruption reporting mechanisms.
Executive Secretary of GACC, Beauty Emefa Narteh noted that this years’ Anti Corruption Day Celebration themed “United against Corruption” is focused on the youth since their young minds and innovative skills will develop ‘appealing’ solutions to fight corruptions.
“As future leaders, the youth would require ample sensitisation on good ethics, and encourage them to demand a corruption-free society.
“We encourage everyone to put to practice the Right to Information (RTI) Act by demanding information to hold duty bearers accountable”, she said.
The Secretary requested that government strengthen its commitment to implement the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) among other conventions, and also, strictly enforce asset declaration laws.
“The complaints are too many. It’s time to report acts of corruption to the appropriate agencies for offenders to be dealt with”, Mr, a, told the gathering.
Senior Registrar at the Volta Regional office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Eric Oduro Danso said the numerous effects of corruption has stifled the progress of the nation.
He then charged the citizenry to quickly report such acts and assured informants of their protection and confidentiality under the Whistle-Blowers Act.
Deputy Regional Director of the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) Patrick Asiedu, said the only way to keep duty bearers accountably was to frequently monitor their activities and report those that made corrupt turns.
He said the frequency of reporting corrupt deeds remained low, and urged the citizenry not to conceal information vital to the fight against the canker.
Executive Director of Voice Ghana, Francis Asong said the citizenry must show extra commitment to national development by strongly taking up the anti-corruption campaign.
He noted that the spirit of patriotism, which helps develop nations is gradually dying out giving way to corrupt inclinations.
Mr Asong said the nation risked losing its future and called on all Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) to come on board and support.
He also called on Government to augment its efforts at rooting out corruption by resourcing the Office of the Special Prosecutor both with finance and human resource, to enable him fully take up the fight.
Placards carried on the route march read, “demand accountability from duty bearers”, “corruption creates poverty”, “corruption undermines good governance”, and “stop bribing the police”, among others.
The Day is observed December 09, every year to help ignite public, and stakeholder interest in the fight against corruption.