ALL SHOULD JOIN FIGHT AGAINST CORRUPTION - STAR GHANA ANTI CORRUPTION Dialogue
| Updated Aug 30, 2017 at 9:00am
Our Correspondent Rebecca Ekpe with some presenters and anti-corruption campaigners at the dialogue
Participants in a group picture
Anti-Corruption activists have been encouraged to craft their messages in ways that resonates with citizens to get them interested in pushing Ghana's anti-corruption campaign agenda. This was stated at an anti-corruption dialogue session convened by Star-Ghana in Accra.
GBCONLINE correspondent Rebecca Ekpe reports that participants including public servants, media practitioners, parliamentarians and development partners agreed on prevention, sustained public education and prosecution as critical in fighting corruption. Star Ghana's dialogue on Anti- Corruption is not just timely but also comes on the heels of strong pronouncements by President Akufo Addo that his government will ensure that any official cited for corruption is investigated.
Hardly a day passes by without news about one corruption or another. In the view of Star Ghana's Ibrahim Tanko- Amidu, fighting corruption should not be the sole preserve of government, but should be a national concern for everyday discussion.
Speakers at the forum acknowledged that although the fight against corruption in Ghana began in the days of President Kwame Nkrumah, the problem persists.
A representative from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Charles Ayamdoo, said there has not been much success in the anti- corruption fight because the strategies remain ad hoc and unsustainable.
For now, the national Anti- corruption Action Plan is focused on a sustainable, reasonable, strategic and collective responsibility.
In identifying stakeholders in the fight against corruption, a Legal Practitioner, Prof. Kwesi Prempeh pointed out the critical role of the media.
In his presentation on Parliament's role in the fight against corruption, Majority Leader in Parliament, Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu said the Executive's influence on the legislative casts a slur on Parliament's fight against corruption. Defined as the abuse or misuse of entrusted office for private gain, corruption is seen as one of the most serious developmental challenges in Ghana today.
Story: Rebecca Ekpe