SEND Ghana sensitises communities on anti-corruption

By
Elsie Appiah-Osei, GNA

Accra, Sept. 13, GNA – SEND Ghana, a
non-governmental organisation, has sensitised community members of Boi and
Akporman in the Ga East District of the Greater Accra Region, on
anti-corruption laws and socio- economic practices that hinder the fight
against corruption.

Addressing community members at a durbar, Ms
Rachel Gyabaah, the Programme Officer for SEND-Ghana, said the engagement
formed part of a project called Accountable Democratic Institution and System
Strengthening (ADISS).

She said ADISS which is being funded by
USAID is being undertaken by SEND Ghana to engage, educate and sensitise civil
society organisations as well as citizens on corruption and its broader effects
on the country and governing issues.

“We have laws governing everything but
its implementation is a problem so letting citizens understand their part and
role to play in fighting corruption is worthwhile,” she said.

Ms Gyabaah noted that though their coming
together serves as an engagement, it is the ultimate goal of SEND Ghana to
focus on socio-cultural practices that promotes corruption.

She mentioned nepotism, cronyism, family and
peer pressure, gift giving, tribalism and conflict of interest as some major
factors that influence unlawful deeds mostly done in the country.

According to her the exercise which is being
done concurrently in all 10 regions and 50 districts are being carried out
following various researches done by SEND-Ghana.

“We having this in Ga East is also
happening in Ga South, Jirapa, Tamale Metro, Ada West among other places,”
she said.

Mrs Gyabaah advised the community members
and citizenry not to look beyond the fight of corruption but rather collaborate
to fight it extensively.

“If we are not eradicating it
completely let us help to control the canker,” she said.

She gave 0800 100 25 as a contact to be used
by Vodafone customers, and 0800 100 250 to be used by Tigo and and Airtel
customers to report corruption cases.

“Alternatively one can also visit
www.ipaidabribe.org.gh to tell his or her story,” she added.

Mrs Araba Awua-Boateng, the Ga West
Municipal Commission for Human Rights Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Director,
encouraged the citizenry to continue to report cases to authorised bodies in
the country.

“The Police, Attorney General, Auditor
General, Bureau for National Investigations, National Media Commission, CHRAJ,
Narcotics Control Board, chiefs, family heads, district chief executives, queen
mothers, pastors, Revenue Governance Agency Board are all authorised people you
can report corrupt cases to,” she said.

Mrs Awua-Boateng educated the community
members on the bad socio-economic practices that society had accepted as normal
acts and advised them not to practice them.

“Corruption is not solely about money
but ones negative actions and behaviour are classified as such,” she said.

She however cautioned members of the
community and the public at large to have evidence before reporting issues.

Some community members who spoke to the
Ghana News Agency said the education was timely especially when election is
only three months away.

GNA

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