Let’s resource institutions to deal with corruption

Koforidua (E/R)� Mr Dominic Hammond, the Deputy Chief Investigator at the Anti-Corruption Department of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has called for the strengthening and resourcing of anti-corruption institutions to enable them work effectively.

He said the fight against corruption should also look at other areas such as the public education, sensitization and ensuring accountability and transparency in public service.

Mr Hammond was speaking at the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) Regional level awareness campaign held at Koforidua.

The programme was organized by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with CHRAJ and the Ghana News Agency (GNA), with funding from Global Affairs Canada through Transparency International.

He said Ghana loses an estimated $ 3 billion a year through corruption which amounts to about 20 per cent of the annual budget of the country.

Mr Hammond said when issues of corruption come up, the focus should not only be on the politicians because many corrupt practices are happening in the public sector.

He called on the citizens to join the fight against corruption because it denies them of many social services.

Mr Francis Ameyibor, Deputy News Editor of the Ghana News Agency, called on anti-corruption agencies to collaborate with the media to help expand the frontiers of the fight against corruption.

He urged media houses to organize regular training for their reporters to enable them to appreciate the role of the media in the fight against corruption.

Mr Ameyibor advised media personnel to be guided by the ethics of their profession when reporting on corruption.

Source: Ghana News Agency