GACC Charges Ghanaians To Uphold Anti-Corruption Principles
As part of efforts to generate more support towards the fight against corruption in the country, the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has step up its education and advocacy moves to sensitize the public to report all improper conducts.
Bright Sowu, a Senior Researcher at the GACC, said it is imperative that each and everyone contribute to the fight to bring down corruption in the society.
He was schooling student leaders of the University of Ghana, Legon, in Accra, at a day’s training workshop on corruption reporting themed “Empowering Student Leaders with the 3Rs of Corruption” to enable them boldly Resist, Reject and Report corruption in any form.
The programme was organized by the GACC and funded by the United States (US) Embassy in Ghana.
According to Mr. Sowu, the training is purposed to encourage the students to take advantage of corruption reporting mechanisms – “Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre” and the “I paid a bribe”, to unmask corrupt public officials.
The Legal Advice Centre has been receiving complaints from witnesses or victims of corruption through one-on-one meetings, post mails, and telephone calls while complaints are lodged online, regarding the “I paid a bribe” approach.
Mr. Sowu said, the level of illiteracy and ignorance in the society is high, thus making things easy for corrupt people to exploit their ignorance. He therefore urged people to seek information about things they wanted to do from people, as well as take advantage of the corruption reporting channels such as the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) to report corrupt persons for prosecution.
Pointing out that, not only public officials should be blamed for corruption in the country, but the citizens too. He said if citizens eschew corruption and prepares their minds to report all acts of corruption they come across, then corrupt public officials would also run away from being corrupt.
He however urged the student leaders not to allow themselves to be corrupted, rather they shouldb hold onto the principles of anti-corruption, being transparency, participation and accountability, by involving their subordinates in all aspects of decision-making.
He said, it is apt for them to put up a good virtue at this stage of leadership, as they move ahead in life to lead with integrity, occupying public or private positions in the future.
He said a corrupt student leader is equally bound to be corrupt when entrusted with a public position in the future.
Source: Sammy Adjei || ghananewsonline.com.gh