The Vice Chairman of the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC), Kofi Okyere Agyekum, has said the fight against the menace of corruption must be devoid of partisan political considerations if the canker which has eaten deep into the socio-economic and political fiber of Ghana is to be reduced to its barest minimum.
“For us to win the fight against corruption everybody must play a part. We must remove party coloration when it comes to the fight against else we will lose the fight against corruption,” he said.
Speaking at a Round Table Discussion to Examine the Status of Ghana’s Commitments made at the UK Anti- Corruption Summit held in Accra at the behest of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in partnership with Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) and APNAC, he said the fight against corruption must be vigorous because of the threat it poses to development.
The Member of Parliament for Ho Central and a member of APNAC, Benjamin Komla Kpodo, was not happy that despite the fact that Ghana has so many anti-corruption laws including institutions mandated to fight against corruption the country is unable to win the fight against corruption.
He said the Ghanaian landscape is replete with corruption in procurement of goods and services, noting that character and attitude matter in the fight against corruption. The fight against the canker of corruption according to him must be sustained in every way possible.
The Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Richard Quayson, in his delivery opined that the fight against corruption is a life-long effort, stressing that commitment is key. He said the levels of integrity of Ghanaian citizen towards the fight against corruption must be high if the country is to win the fight against corruption, saying “we must hold ourselves and those in power including political office holders accountable.”
A former Chairman and Member of the Africa Union [AU] Advisory Board on Anti-Corruption, Daniel Batidam, said the problem about corruption in Africa is an issue of life and death. He said corruption affects people’s lives from road to health facilities, stressing that problem about corruption in Africa are about developmental issues.
Reforms and laws according Batidam do not fight corruption, people do. The 2018 AU Anti-corruption day was themed “Winning the Fight Against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation.
Source: Adovor Nutifafa || ghananewsonline.com.gh