Traditional authorities urged to stay away from partisan politics


By Prosper K. Kuorsoh, GNA

Wa, Spet. 15, GNA – Traditional authorities
have been urged to distance themselves from partisan politics in order to
strongly speak their minds against corruption in society and issues affecting
the environment.

The call, which would also safeguard the
sanctity of the traditional institution was made by participants of a regional
stakeholder’s focus group discussion on accountability and environmental
governance organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in

The 50 participants comprising 33 males and
17 females were drawn from various organisations and institutions including the
Ghana Youth Federation, Faith Based Organisations (FBOs), the security
services, Assembly and Unit Committee members, Ghana Education Service (GES),
Beauticians Association, Political Parties, and the Traditional authorities.

The rest were the Commission on Human Rights
and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organized Crime Office
(EOCO), Legal Aid, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Ghana Health Service
(GHS), Women and Youth Groups as well as other Decentralized Departments.

The accountability and environmental
governance focus group discussion is an activity under the Accountability, Rule
of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP); an agreement between the European
Union and the Government of Ghana signed in May 2019.

The NCCE, which is leading the
implementation is expected to campaign, advocate, and lobby for increased
accountability to reduce corruption in Ghana as well as sensitise the general public
on legal regimes related to public accountability through the application of
whistle blowing.

Madam Patience Sally Kumah, the Upper West
Regional Director of NCCE noted that public accountability and environmental
governance were critical issues for the survival and development of any nation.

Mr Sebastian Ziem, an Official of CHRAJ
noted that corruption was an obstacle to the realisation of all human rights,
adding that it limited the ability of the state to garner revenue and spend on
the needs of its citizens.

“Acts of corruption diverts funds intended
for investment in public services, erodes the rule of law, distorts justice
systems, interfere with political processes and affects the delivery of public
services”, he said.




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