Corruption is the greatest evil – Socioserve-Ghana

By Iddi Yire, GNA  

Kpong (E/R), Oct. 17, GNA – Corruption is the
greatest evil of our time and has become a household name in Ghana, Mrs
Josephine Sackey, Chief Executive Officer, Socioserve-Ghana, has stated.

She said every Ghanaian whether old or young
now agrees that corruption had eaten deep into our society.

“Corruption widens inequality, creates
distortion and destroys all constructive efforts at good governance in any
society and consequently, the poor and less privileged suffer the most,”
Mrs Sackey stated at the launch of the “Together Against Corruption”
Project at Kpong in the Lower Manya Krobo District of the Eastern Region.

Corruption, according to the Transparency
International is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.

This could manifest in ways such as bribery,
fraud, conflict of interest, favouritism, extortion, cronyism and abuse of
discretion.

The project, which seeks to change Ghanaians’
perception of corruption within the Ghana Police Service, would be piloted
within two years in the five districts; namely the Yilo Krobo, Upper Manya
Krobo and Akwapem North Districts of the Eastern Region.

The rest are the North Tongu and Ho West
Districts in the Volta Region.

It is being implemented by Socioserve-Ghana in
collaboration with iWatch Africa and JMK Consulting, with funding from STAR
Ghana.

The objective of the project is to help build
citizens’ capacity to fight corruption in their engagements with the Police.

It is also to help increase the responsiveness
of the Police Administration to cases of corruption involving Police Officers.

Mrs Sackey said, she could not over-emphasize
the importance of credible and professional institutions such as the Ghana
Police Service that stands to fight against corruption and injustice.

She said the Ghana Police Service was one of
the most critical institutions entrusted with the power to ensure the rule of
law and safety of every Ghanaian irrespective of your economic and social
status.

“However, you will agree with me that
Ghanaians perception of corruption within the Ghana Police Service has not been
favourable as revealed by a number of research works like surveys conducted by
the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII),” she said.

She noted that findings from their Baseline
Survey for the “Together Against Corruption” project were also in
line with this.

“It is time, we all worked together to
change this perception. It requires a multi stakeholder approach.”

Mrs Sackey explained that the project does not
aim to bring the Ghana Police Service into disrepute but rather to work
together with the Police Hierarchy and Administration, as well as other
stakeholders to deal with the menace of corruption within the service.

“Together we can build democratic and
credible institutions that we will all be proud of.” she said.

“Our strategy will be to empower citizens
to lead the fight/ campaign as well as creating spaces for citizens to engage
with the Police,” she added.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) David
Senanu Eklu, Director-General Police Public Affairs, said the “Together
Against Corruption” project was different from other projects because the
Police Service was also a partner in its implementation.

He said, the project when successfully
implemented, would be replicated in other parts of the country.

ACP Eklu said the Ghana Police Service was
undergoing transformation to become a world class police of renowned global
standard.

Mrs Beauty Emefa Nartey, Executive Secretary,
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, said it was important that all and sundry
comes on board in the fight against corruption.

She said the effects of corruption on Ghana
was not the best; declaring that “Unless we all change our minds and
attitudes towards issues of accountability, issues of transparency and issues
of integrity, corruption would continue to persist”.

Michael K. Boadi, Corporate Affairs Manager,
GII, recounted that a study conducted by the GII revealed that 78 per cent of
respondents were of the perception that the Police were corrupt; which was
worrying.

He said it would take the conscious efforts of
every Ghanaian to deal with the issue of corruption in the country.

Mr Philip Kwasi Banini, Co-founder iWatch
Africa, said the project would go a long way to enable the public to know their
rights as they engage the Police Service.

He urged the public in the implementing
districts to collaborate with the project team to ensure its success.

GNA

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