Bibiani (WNR), May 17, GNA – The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), and the local chapter of Transparency International have sensitized leaders of faith-based organization and other stakeholders, on corruption at a day’s workshop at Bibiani in the Western North Region.
The workshop was in collaboration with Network for Health and Relief Foundation and the Bibiani – Anhwiaso – Bekwai Municipal Assembly.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency, Mr Michael Okai, the Programme Coordinator of GII, said the programme was in line with the GII Inter-Faith Project, which was aimed at creating public awareness on corruption and its effects on the nation as enshrined in the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP)
He said since Christians and Muslims form a greater percentage of the Ghanaian population, it was time to use the Bible and Quoran, to Speak Up, Resist and Report corruption, to eradicate or reduce the canker to the barest minimum.
Mr Okai said the GII was carrying out the sensitization programme in 50 selected districts from five regions of the country, namely, Greater Accra, Volta, Ashanti, Western and Northern Regions, with support from the Danish International Development Cooperation (DANIDA).
He urged Ghanaians to shun apathy and take bold actions to right the wrongs in the society, stressing that corruption thrives greatly on apathy, which had destroyed the fibre of the citizenry.
Mr Samuel Oracca-Tetteh, the Executive Director of Network for Health and Relief Foundation, a local non-governmental organization (NGO), who welcomed participants on behalf of the Bibiani Anhwiaso Bekwai Municipal Chief Executive, Alfred Amoah, said corruption was not limited to politicians alone, but cut across all sectors of the Ghanaian society, including faith-based organisations.
He said, therefore, there was the need for all hands to be on deck to fight corruption, which had become a social canker.
Participants were of the view that state institutions like the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) should be well resourced by government to bring NACAP home to the larger Ghanaian society, if the nation was to succeed in making corruption unattractive to Ghanaians.