GACC calls on Citizenry to demand accountability from Public Officers

Swedru (C/R) Mr Bright Sowlo Senior Research Officer of Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has stressed the need for the citizenry to demand accountability from people in high positions, since it is their civic right to do so.

This he said would help eliminate corruption in the country.

He gave the advice at a day’s Mobile Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC), Manifestation of Corruption and Mandate of Anti-Corruption Institutions in Fighting Corruption training at Agona Swedru, and urged participants not to hesitate to report corrupt acts in their localities.

The training was organised by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) with funding from USAID, aimed to scale up the fight against corruption, deepen the participants’ understanding of what corruption is, its different manifestations and how they could report corrupt practices.

He took participants through the basic things about corruption and need to report corrupt acts through Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) toll lines on TIGO-AIRTEL-0800100250 and Vodafone-080010025.

According to Mr. Kwesi Boateng, Programmes Officer of GACC, his outfit had since 2014, collaborated with SEED Ghana and Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in implementing a project dubbed: Accountable Democratic Institutions and Systems Strengthen (ADISS) with support from USAID.

In the case of Agona West Municipality over 60 percent of people interviewed in a survey we conducted revealed that, corruption levels in the municipality had increased in the past 12 months, hence, the need for the training to educate the citizens on various manifestation of corruption, reporting platforms, encourage them to demand accountability and to report same, he added.

Mr Serdrick Sackey of CHRAJ and Mr. Sekyi Sam of NCCE Directors for Agona West also schooled the participants on Laws and Acts governing corruption.

They urged the people in the area not to sit on the fence but to join the fight against corruption in society to help make Ghana a better place to live in.

The stakeholders at the training included the Police, Traditional Authorities, Assembly Members, Persons with Disabilities, Civil Society organisations, Public and Civil Servants in Agona West Municipality.

Source: Ghana News Agency