‘Corruption aggravates insecurity’

Mr IssahakuThe citizenry have been adviced to support the National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP) to fight graft as the menace causes low living standards and worsen diseases.

The slow pace of economic development is due to lack of continuous and concerted efforts to fight unbridled corruption.

Amidu Chinnia Issahaku, the Deputy Upper West Regional Minister, gave the advice at a NACAP Regional Awareness Campaign in Wa, which was organised by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the theme: ‘Ghana United Against Corruption.’

Mr Issahaku noted that “corruption remains an economic challenge that aggravates insecurity and diseases worldwide, which causes low standard of living and poverty among the citizenry since the amount of money lost through corruption can help solve most of our basic challenges.

“The government has introduced a number of legislations and policies such as the Public Procurement and Financial Management Act to check graft which will ensure value for money, control expenditure and boost transparency in the public sector, collective actions are required by both government and the citizenry to deal decisively with corruption for improved development.

“To fight against corruption cannot be done by only the government, it requires support from the citizenry,” Mr Issahaku stressed.

Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, noted that the nation loses GH¢13.5 billion every year through corruption and urged the citizenry to support the fight in order to protect and preserve the integrity of the country for coming generations. -GNA

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