A Forum on Anti-Corruption and saying no to corruption has been organised at Bechem in the Tano South District Capital of the Brong Ahafo region.
The forum which was aimed at strengthening the Anti-Corruption crusade in the District had as its theme “Bringing the Services of the Commission to the doorstep of Communities” and was organised by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
In an opening address, the Tano South District Director of the Commission, Mr. Owusu Bediako Appah said participants were selected from all angles of the community to participate in the forum and hoped they would communicate what they would learn to their various communities. He said the forum would also afford participants the opportunity to have in-depth knowledge of the Commissions’ work.
Mr. Richard Quaison a Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ at the headquarter of the Commission in Accra and also a Resource person took participants through the various roles the Commission plays when it comes to Human Rights Abuse, Administrative Justice and Anti-Corruption. He said the Commission seeks to promote and protect fundamental human right and freedom which is grouped in two broad areas namely promoting and prevention and protecting and enforcement.
On Administrative justice, Mr. Quaison said the Commission investigates complaints on how public institutions carry out their day to day executive and administrative functions and again stressed that the Commission has the mandate to promote integrity in the public sector, combat corruption and investigate allegations of corruption and conflict of interest, abuse of power and misuse of funds in the public service.
A Director of the Commission in-charge of Anti-Corruption, Mr. Charles Ayamdo, in a presentation talked about the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), its role, importance of NACAP to Nation Building and how NACAP can be monitored.
Mr. Ayamdo said the plan is a ten (10) year National Action Plan which seeks to combat corruption in Ghana. NACAP has four (4) Strategic objectives namely; to build public capacity to condemn and fight corruption and make its practice a high risk low gain activity, to institutionalise efficiency, accountability and transparency in the public, private and not-for profit sectors, to engage individuals, media and Civil Society Organisations report and combat corruption and to conduct effective investigations and prosecution of corrupt conduct.
Mr. Ayamdo said corruption puts basic public services beyond the reach of those who cannot afford to pay bribes and makes it harder to meet fundamental needs such as those for food, health and education and reiterated that every citizen has a critical role to play in combating corruption and the very least that is expected of every person is to “SAY NO TO CORRUPTION”.
The presiding member of the Tano South District Assembly, Hon. Anthony Opoku who chaired the function in his remarks commended participants for the manner they conducted themselves and entreated them to go back to their communities and families and propagate the good message on Anti-Corruption and thanked the organisers and resource persons for making the forum a great success and called for periodic ones in the near future.
Source: ISD (Barnie K Agyeman)