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...will Interfaith Anti-Corruption Project Curb the Menace?
Most Rev. Charles Palmer Buckle, the Archbishop of Cape Coast and a member of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is outraged at the high and incessant levels of corruption in the country, insisting that “we have lost our moral compass.”
Speaking at the launch of a Ghana Integrity Initiative inspired Interfaith Anti-Corruption Project in Accra, he opined that integrity and honesty is key in the fight against corruption. He urged support for State institutions like the Ghana police service, the judiciary and Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice [CHRAJ] to fight corruption in the country.
Sheihk Shaibu Aremiyawo, the Spokesperson for the National Chief Imam in his delivery said the activities and operations of the Hajj Board are tainted with scandal. He therefore called for an independent audit of the operations of the Hajj Board and urgent need to rid the Board off political influence.
Richard Quayson, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ was not happy about the levels corruption, indiscipline and lawlessness in every facet of the Ghanaian society. He adds that for the country to fight and win the war against corruption there was the need to change our attitude, mindset and values.
The Interfaith Anti- Corruption Project titled “Speak Up, Resist and Report Corruption is call to action to wage a relentless war on corruption. The project seeks to enlist the support of religious leaders and faith base organizations to lead the fight against corruption as required under the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan [NACAP, 2015-2024].
Available information gathered from GII indicates that religious leaders are the most revered individuals in society. In them, majority of followers find confidence, genuineity and purity.
Per the trusted vested in them, most citizens tend to listen and practice the messages they preach. The teachings of the country’s noble religious leaders, GII says shape the values of their followers and so GII is of the opinion that the anti-corruption message could go a long way if they commit to use their platforms to spread it.
Religious leaders and Faith Based Organizations [FBOs], Ghana NewsOnline.com.gh has established are one of such stakeholders identified under the NACAP as key in the fight against corruption and hence the Interfaith Anti- Corruption Project.
It is the hope of GII that by the end of the project implementation, it will record a 40% decrease in incidences of corruption in Ghana’s various regions. GII is of a firm conviction that the target 40% decrease in incidences of corruption is not a mirage but a possibility.
Mrs. Linder Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of GII said the project aims to stir up the interest of citizens to speak up, resist and report corruption related issues through existing channels like the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre [ALAC].
ALAC, GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh has gathered is a corruption reporting centre in GII which provides victims and witnesses a platform like email@example.com and whatsapp number, 0577665295 to lodge complaints of corruption and seek redress through various channels.
The Interfaith Anti- Corruption Project will target Greater Accra, Ashanti, Volta, Western and Northern regions including 10 districts in each of the five regions making a total of 50 districts.
Tove Degnbol, the Danish Ambassador to Ghana whose Government is funding the project launched the project. She said the Embassy of Denmark has increased its support to GII to enable it expand its anti-corruption programme through public education,capacity building and in the area of cultivating anti-corruption behavior in the daily lives of Ghanaians.
Denmark according to her supports the anti- corruption initiative because “We believe that it is only when citizens speak up, resist and report corruption that we can make progress in addressing the canker that robs the society of the needed services.”
Source: Adovor Nutifafa