Equip Anti-Corruption Agencies To Be Effective — Chraj

Mr Richard quayson(right in suite) interacting with some of the media personnel after the programme. Photo, Peter GbmbillaGhana has the best of laws on corruption and human rights, but what remains to be done is investing in the institutions to function efficiently, says Mr. Richard Quayson, the Deputy Commis-sioner of the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).

“We have good laws and also done well with sensitisation and created the space for more people not to be afraid and report, but we don’t have the funds for the running of the day to day activities of the institutions responsible for dealing with corruption,” he bemoaned, at a day’s sensitisation programme, organised by the Commission for journalists at Takoradi on Tuesday.

Conflict of interest, he noted, is one issue which promotes corruption and appealed to the citizenry to ensure that, public officials do not get involved in it, adding that, “If you prevent conflict of interests, they won’t get there”.

Mr. Quayson asked the media to show concern about corruption and called for closer friendship between media practitioners and the Commission, towards promoting campaigns against corruption in the country.

He argued that, discussions on corruption could not be “business as usual” but should be given more attention and publicity, noting that, corruption was fed by issues like culture and social norms.

Mr. Quayson said: “I believe that  people need to be educated on these issues, for them to change their attitudes towards corruption”.

The Head of Public Relations and Communications at the CHRAJ, Mrs. Comfort Akosua Edu, urged journalists to do in-depth investigations and report on corruption and human rights issues, including the systemic abuse of public funds, maladministration and abuse of office

“It’s important for you to make the audience aware of the right to be protected under the law. You have power to protect the public interest and combat corruption,” she stressed.

The participants expressed their anxieties over the frustrations they go through to obtain information on issues of human rights and corruption, and thus appealed to stakeholders to help address the trend.

“The government should also invest and fund the activities of statutory agencies and bodies in accordance with the law,” they pleaded.

From Clement Adzei Boye,-Takoradi

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