US TO HELP GHANA ERADICATE CORRUPTION, SAYS ITS AMBASSADOR

United States Ambassador Robert P. Jackson has reiterated his country’s commitment to support Ghana undertake reforms and policies geared towards eradicating corruption from the public sector.

Since corruption is one of the main challenges to the development of any nation and the attainment of sustainable development, there is a need for transformational leadership, he says, adding that aggressive action is therefore needed to deal effectively with the cancer and ensure a corruption-free society.

Speaking at the launch of the Corporate Governance Initiative organized by Krif Ghana in collaboration with Action Chapel International and the US Embassy in Accra hereTuesday, Jackson called for the passage of the Right to Information Bill to facilitate the process.

The event was held on the theme Accelerating Ghana’s Development through Transparency and Integrity-From Talk to Action.

The ambassador assured that the US and other donor partners would provide the necessary support to Ghana in realising its vision of combating corruption and enhancing good governance for accelerated national development.

He urged the government to take steps to improve transparency in public procurement to ensure value for money and quality access to goods and services.

He said in ensuring transparency there should be a public procurement website that would allow the public access government contracts procurement process and also allow people to make complaints through the site.

He said: In ensuring lasting economic and sustainable transformation, we need societal transformation and the citizens to say we’re tired of continuing doing things this way, we’re tired of paying bribes for services from our tax stocks.

Jackson also said that in order to fight corruption in the country, there should be an independent judiciary with both human and logistical resources to administer justice and prosecute cases expeditiously. The private sector must also play a significant role in combating corruption by putting anti-corruption measures in place to discourage the practice.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK