‘Corruption an insidious canker’

Madam Beauty Narteh, Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), has stated that corruption is an insidious canker and could “kill” because it exacerbated poverty and thwarted development.
She noted that it also undermined principles of democracy and good governance, which formed the bedrock of modern societies.

Madam Narteh was addressing this year’s International Anti-corruption Day celebration in Ho, on the theme, ‘United against corruption for development, peace and security’.

‘Corruption is an insidious canker that has been cited as one of the plagues to economic growth and the provision of basic services that will offer the citizenry decent living conditions.

“The nation can only win the fight against corruption when the citizenry are concerned about issues of corruption and its impact on society because corruption is a culture that can only be combated with concerted effort of all stakeholders.

“When the citizenry have access to public information on budgets, contracts, foreign agreements or treaties as well as procurement, it will deepen transparency and accountability and I urge the government to expedite action on passage of a credible and robust Right To Information Law,” Madam Narteh stressed.

Madam Narteh asked the government to urgently give presidential assent to the Witness Protection Bill passed by Parliament on June 26, 2018 and ensure timely passage of the Conduct of Public Officer’s Bill, the Whistleblower Amendment Bill, Companies Amendment Act, effective implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) as well as other key anti-corruption conventions such as the African Union Convention Against Corruption (AUCAC) and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC). -GNA

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