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Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has urged Ghanaians to holistically join the fight against corruption.
“No sitting on the fence, we need to join forces together to fight a common enemy, corruption is a major challenge for all societies even though measures are being put in place to fight it, the menace still persisted in society and all have individual roles to play to end corruption,” he stressed.
Mr Quayson made the call at a day’s forum to enlighten stakeholders on the mandate of CHRAJ, National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) 2015 -2014 and the Code of Ethics for Public Officers.
The forum, the first in the series of bi-monthly public educational platform, being created to update the skills on reportage of national issues and also serve as medium to regularly engage strategic stakeholders.
The forum also comes as stakeholders in the fight against corruption moves to deepen its engagement with stakeholders, state institutions and civil society organisations as well as create the platform for effective discussion of national issues.
Mr Quayson explained that the vision of CHRAJ was to create a free, equitable society where human rights and human dignity were respected, and where power was accountable and governance was transparent.
“CHRAJ has a mission to enhance the scale of good governance, democracy, integrity, peace and social development by promoting, protecting and enforcing fundamental human rights and administrative justice for all persons in Ghana.
“I call on journalists and public officials to guard against conducts that will put them in a position where their private interest will improperly influence the performance of their official duty.
“Journalists should also guard against accepting gifts that can influence their output at work, if accepting gifts is inevitable, it should be declared to the officials at the work place.
“Poor or bad service, bias, insensitivity, neglect, disrespect and many others meted out to a member of the public by a public officer are some of the cases that can be brought to the commission for redress,” Mr Quayson noted.
Kwaku Osei Bonsu, Acting General Manager said “the Agency is thriving on the credibility of its stories and its reporters cannot afford to do anything unethical”.
“The training workshop is meant to aid us to overcome temptations and avoid pitfalls in the performance of our duties,” he stressed.