Citizens’ reluctance to corruption fight hindering progress – NCCE

Citizens’ reluctance to corruption fight hindering progress – NCCE
Source: GNA
Date: 04-10-2019 Time: 05:10:35:pm

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has expressed concern over the poor attitude of some members of the public in pursuing cases of corruption to their logical conclusions.

This dull attitude the Commission said, is a stumbling block in the way of Ghana’s fight to achieve a corruption-free society which would foster national development.

Mrs Lucille Hewlett Annan, the Greater Accra Regional Director of the NCCE, said this while addressing students of the Pentecost University College at a forum on: “Enhancing public accountability and environmental governance.”

She said most people only purported acts of corruption without giving concrete evidence, making such claims insufficient to have the culprit arraigned before the courts for prosecution.

“It is only the court that has the right to prosecute an offender and so once you know that this person has been involved in a corrupt act, you must be able to prove it. But the problem we have is that, people who allege do that on social media but are unwilling to pursue the matter at the law court,” Mrs Annan said.

She charged Ghanaians to actively take up issues of corruption and fight for justice when the need arises.

“The only way we can win this fight is to take up such issues and follow up to the law court, which has the legitimacy to prosecute such cases, and prove that the act actually occurred.”

The forum, organized by the Greater Accra Regional Directorate of the NCCE, was to empower citizens to demand accountability from leaders to enable them to report all acts of corruption to the appropriate authorities.

It forms part of the Commission’s Anti-corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme and the National Anti-corruption Action Plan funded by the European Union.

It is to help reduce corruption and improve accountability, probity, transparency and compliance of the citizenry to the Rule of Law.