Wa, Feb. 27, GNA - The
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in Wa East District’s campaign
on accountability, rule of law and anti-corruption has entered its second
This phase covers more educational institutions, faith-based organizations and identifiable groups.
The district-wide anti-graft crusade reached out to more than 3,372 people, comprising 1,678 males and 1,378 females as well as 316 children in local communities.
The communities included Gudayiri, Nahan, Zinye, Yaru, Bulenga, Manwe, Kulkpong, Loggu, Kparishaga, Bunna, Jeyiri, Funsi, Chaggu, Dupari among others.
A statement copied to the Ghana News Agency by Mr Luke D. Wiedong, the Wa East District Director of NCCE, said the phase two of the Accountability, Rule of law and Anti – Corruption programme (ARAP) was one of the flagship programmes of the Commission.
It said the entire effort is being held under the theme: “Citizens for Transparency and Accountability”.
It is a joint anti-corruption initiative between Ghana and the European Union which seeks to promote good governance by minimising corruption and improving upon accountability and compliance with the rule of law.
The target groups includes faith based organizations including Christian, Ahamadiya and Ahlusunnah Muslim worshipers as well as other Christian organizations.
It also includes identifiable groups namely; chiefs and elders, persons with disabilities, transport operators, market women, youth and women groups, among others, who were sensitized on responsible leadership, laws of Ghana and anti-corruption related issues.
The statement said deliberations among participants included the role of NCCE to continue the fight in their respective communities, institutions and work places.
It said some causes of corruption in Ghana were identified to include; lack of ethical standards, poor leadership, greed and dishonesty, extreme poverty, lack of commitment to enforce the laws, among others.
The statement said participants were advised not to accept gifts such as money, favours and valuable goods before and after rendering of services as they are tools often used by corrupt persons to win favours.
It was generally agreed that, bribery, nepotism, fraud/ cheating, embezzlement, extortion, looting and money laundering are harmful to society.
“These must be avoided for people to be handled well irrespective of status and location as well as facilitate integral human development,” the statement said.
It said participants were told not to discuss corruption in isolation but to link it to areas like employment, health, education and the justice delivering system
The statement said laws were not necessarily made to inflict pains on humans but to regulate society for peaceful co-existence and urged participants to obey laid down rules and regulations and resort to the courts when disagreements occur.