Sambiru Duut Elijah, GNA
Wa, Oct 01, GNA – Mr Richard Quayson, the
National Deputy Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and
Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has charged Ghanaians to protect national
resources by waging relentless war against corrupt practices.
He said money lost to corruption formed 300%
of Ghana’s foreign aid, and quizzed, why Ghana should be relying on foreign
countries for support when “we can achieve the government’s policy of Ghana
Beyond Aid by fighting corruption”.
Statistics available indicate that Africa
loses 100 billion Dollars annually to corruption and Ghana alone loses 3
billion dollars per annum to the social canker.
The amount could construct good roads,
hospitals, schools and other social amenities when used judiciously, Mr Quayson
said in Wa during Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) Regional Awareness
The 2018 campaign was organised by Ghana
Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with CHRAJ and the Ghana News
agency (GNA) under the theme was: “Ghana United Against Corruption”.
Major government projects in Ghana are funded
by international loans, which are paid back with substantial interest.
Monies lost through corruption alone, Mr
Quayson said, could construct three times those projects but, “we are suffering
because of our indiscipline and recklessness”.
He quoted African Reggae Legend Bob Marley as
saying: “In the abundance of water, fools are thirsty,” and interpreted it to
mean Ghana and Africa have abundant resources but “if we allow them to go waste
through corruption, then we are foolish” as stated by the late music legend.
CHRAJ is seeking to engage individuals, media
and civil society organisations in the report and combat of corruption through
effective investigations and prosecution.
It also looks to institutionalize strategies
that would bring about efficiency, accountability and transparency in the
public and private sectors wrestle corrupt acts.