Osei Kyeretwie, GNA
Sunyani, Aug. 26, GNA – The Commission on
Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has reiterated the appeal
for all Ghanaians to join in the campaign to stop the canker of corruption for
the preservation of the nation’s future generation.
The redemption of Ghana from corruption would
immensely benefit not only the present generation of Ghanaian children but even
those yet unborn because it would create a very strong foundation to make the
economy resilient and buoyant.
Mr. Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner
of CHRAJ who repeated the call at a day’s capacity workshop on the
National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) framework in Sunyani, said the
fight was a shared responsibility that required the immense contribution of
The workshop was to educate participants on
the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) framework and increase their
awareness against corruption and promote corruption reporting as spelt out in
The 90-page framework document enjoins and
brings together various stakeholders to collectively fight corruption through
education and awareness raising, prevention, investigation and enforcement.
Third in the series, the workshop was
organised by CHRAJ in collaboration with the
Ghana Integrity Initiative, the Local Chapter of Transparency
International and the Ghana News Agency (GNA).
It was sponsored by the Impact Grant through
Global Affairs-Canada, formerly the Canadian International Development Agency
(CIDA) and aimed at building the capacity of participants to
dedicate themselves at both personal and institutional levels to strongly
support the fight against corruption.
Participants were drawn from the security
services, civil society and non-governmental organisations, the Regional
Coordinating Council, the Municipal and District Assemblies and the media.
The others were from the Ghana Health Service,
National Health Insurance Authority, Ghana Education Service, Attorney
General’s Department and the National Commission for Civic Education.
It is estimated that Ghana was losing over
US$3 Billion, equivalent to Gh¢13.8 Billion annually through corruption whilst
in the same vein Africa too lost US$100 Billion yearly, he said.
The CHRAJ Deputy Commissioner noted that the
amount Ghana lost, represented over 300 per cent of all foreign support
received in a year and also 25 per cent of the 2016 annual budget estimates.
Mr. Quayson bemoaned that the monies being
lost through the menace was having a devastating effect on the socio-economic
development of the country.
He said besides financing the free Senior High
School Programme and expanding the School Feeding Programme to benefit more
pupils and students, the monies could also be used to expand the economy to
offer employment to improve the lives of the struggling unemployed masses.
Mr. Quayson bemoaned corruption was associated
with lawlessness and indiscipline, saying these evils had permeated the entire
fabric of the Ghanaian society and therefore drawing back national development.
Mr. Francis Ameyibor, Deputy News Editor of
GNA, addressing participants on “The Role of the Media in the Fight against
Corruption”, entreated both public and private institutions to partner
effectively with the media in their programmes and activities to prevent the
incidence of corruption.