Name and shame institutions who fail to implement NACAP – Ayamdoo

By Emmanuel Todd/Christabella Arko, GNA

Accra, Aug 20,
GNA – Mr Charles Ayamdoo, the Director, Anti-Corruption of Commission on Human
Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says plans were afoot to name and
shame institutions that fail to implement the National Anti-Corruption Action
Plan (NACAP).

He said the
naming and shaming approach would compel the institutions to adhere to the
action plan initiated by the Government to fight corruption as an alternative
approach after dialogue with such institutions had failed.

He said the
GACC was ready to partner the media to make the policy effective, adding that
the 10-year NACAP initiative by government (2015-2024), was meant to
contextualise and mobilise effort and resources of stakeholders in the fight
against corruption.

Mr Ayamdoo was
addressing participants at a roundtable engagement held by the GACC with its
stakeholders on the theme: “Strengthening collective action in the fight
against corruption in Ghana” to address the bottlenecks, which hampered the
implementation and allowed for an effective take-off of the plan to curb
corruption in the country.

The GACC also
took the opportunity to launch a report which investigated NACAP through its
awareness, the readiness of Implementing Partners (IPs), the level of
implementation and challenges.

Mr Ayamdoo said
that the coalition took steps to address some challenges such as low levels of
awareness, funding, use of focal persons instead of units, low political
commitment and lack of monitoring or supervision as was discovered through its
investigative research.

“If we see
funding as a collective effort and IPs would begin to internalise activities and
carry them out as part of their everyday work flow in the fight against
corruption, the challenge of funding would be a thing of the past,” he said.

Mr Bright Sowu,
Ag. Head of Programmes GACC, said that in furtherance of the coalition’s aim to
fight corruption it recommended through its report that there was the need for
stakeholders and monitoring bodies to kick start extensive awareness campaigns
to educate management of institutions, staff and the wider community on NACAP.

He said IPs
should improve on the implementation of the NACAP by incorporating its
activities into their core functions rather than implementing them as
standalone exercises.

Mr Sowu said
the creation of systems in-charge of NACAP implementation could be more
effective, if specific units or focal units within organisations were
identified, well briefed or trained on the parameters of anti-corruption.

He noted that
the coalition as part of its recommendations called on the government to
promote the implementation of the Action Plan and put in measures to encourage
its implementation in public offices such as Ministries, Departments and
Agencies (MDAs), Metropolitan, Municipal District Assemblies (MMDAs), Civil
Society Organisations, Anti-Corruption Institutions and  the Private Sector.

He said CHRAJ,
Monitoring Committee and High level Implementation Committee were tasked to
intensify its supervision of IPS as effective monitoring was essential to the
success of anti-corruption strategies.