Government has been urged to adequately resource anti-graft agencies to increase education on issues of corruption in order to reduce its occurrence in the country.
At a focus group discussion for various stakeholders organised by the Volta Regional Directorate of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), participants lamented that not enough resources are invested in the campaign against corruption and other illegal practices in public institutions, a situation they said is worrying
“We want government to resource the anti-corruption campaigners as well as NCCE so that they educate the public on corruption and also continue with their campaign messages,” a participant said.
Participants also suggested that government agencies should put in place measures that would ensure that all stakeholders pursue the National anti-corruption action plan (NACAP) vigorously to help reduce the canker in society.
“Much more public education should be carried out to drum home this message to all Ghanaians and government should also enforce the numerous legislation on anti-corruption so that monies saved will be left in the national purse for developmental projects,” another participant said.
The participants also suggested that corruption must be taught as a subject in schools.
They also want government to discourage the use of protocol list during the employment and enrolment and that there should be a massive public education on corruption nationwide
The programme, which is aimed to promote good governance in Ghana by reducing corruption and improving accountability and compliance with the rule of law ram will be extended to all schools in the two regions
According to the Volta Regional Director of NCCE, Kenneth Kponor, the Commission would not rest on its oars until people are properly educated to understand the corrosive effects of corruption on national life.
He, therefore, urged all to expose corrupt characters in their homes, offices and the nation at large, adding that that was the only way the fight against corruption could be won.
“NCCE is playing the advocacy role in educating the public on the awareness of corruption, national corruption action plan, and environmental governance,” Mr Kponor said.
The NCCE is organising community durbars in the various districts of the Volta and Oti Regions on public accountability and environmental government. The programmes are being sponsored by the European Union (EU).