GII, NCCE engage youth in corruption fight

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has engaged youth groups in anti-corruption governance to support them cultivate the principles of probity, transparency and accountability.

The engagement forms part of GII’s Integrity, Mobilisation, Participation, Accountability, Anti-corruption and Transparency (IMPACT) project geared towards formation of well established civic clubs in tertiary institutions, a four-year large-scale multi-country and multi-annual programme being coordinated in twelve countries by Transparency International.

It is being sponsored by Global Affaire Canada, aimed at contributing to the fight against corruption by increasing integrity, transparency and accountability of public institutions, business and empowering civil society to advocate for change in policy, enforcement of anti-corruption legislations and practices.
A forum to engage youth groups and civic clubs in pre-tertiary and tertiary institutions in the fight against corruption was jointly organised by GII and NCCE at Winneba in the Central Region on the theme: ‘Building integrity and promoting anti-corruption behaviour among the youth’.
Addressing the participants, Benedict Doh, Finance Manager, GII, admonished the youth to get involved in the fight against anti-corruption governance to enable them to cultivate the principles of transparency and accountability and probity.
He noted that all hopes are pinned on the younger generation to help them take decisions that would ensure a corruption free environment.

“We owe the youth of today and the coming generations the responsibility of care, protection and good moral up bringing, unassumingly, the older generation has almost accepted defeat in the war waged against corruption per the manifestations of the day.
“GII will continue to promote awareness on the negative effects of corruption as well as advocate for behavioural change, corruption reporting, recognise involvement of the youth in the fight against corruption can significantly contribute towards building integrity and promoting the need for accountability.

“This conviction stems from a growing understanding involving information, educating the younger generation about benefits of integrity, transparency and good governance to kick out the canker, while ensuring transparency and accountability in society.

“The country has made strides in tackling corruption, relevant policies, strategies, ratification of various regional and international conventions, perceptions, acts of corruption in progressively increasing and becoming rampant in society.

“The youth are the future leaders of our nation, it is unacceptable to allow them continue reinforcing the status quo while they prepare for leadership roles at various stages in future,” Mr Doh noted. -GNA

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