Government has revealed that its anti-corruption measures and policies put in place will soon halt practices of corrupt officials within the parameter of the law.
“Government’s Anti-Corruption sensor has been reactivated and directed towards all public institutions,” Jonny Kofi Osei, Deputy Chief of Staff at the Office of the President, stated at Ada.
He revealed that President John Dramani Mahama and its administration was committed to deal with corruption, irrespective of the political cost and warned that, “government will not cover up for any corrupt official”.
Mr Osei stated this at a Public Sector Ethics and Integrity Compliance Officers training, organised by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), in collaboration with the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) and sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).
The officers were equipped with NACAP modalities for combating corruption, Nature, Principles and Core values of Public Service; Code of Conduct for Public Officers; the 1992 Constitution; and the Law and the Generic Code of Conduct for Public Officers.
The Deputy Chief of Staff noted that, government considers anti-corruption law enforcement agencies as key in the fight against corruption and tasked the agencies to execute their mandates effectively and also to improve on coordination, information sharing and collaboration.
“Anti-Corruption law enforcing agencies should also enhance their contribution in the fight against corruption within their own institutions as well as beyond…working within your statutory mandates, the codes of conduct for public office holders is among the most minimum expectations members of the public have of you.
“They must ensure transparency and impartiality in their work, avoid party political interests, and be answerable for their actions,” he said.
Mr Osei also challenged anti-corruption law enforcing agencies to work out effective ways to achieve synergies through co-ordinating investigations and prosecutions, and sharing of information and evidence.
The over 35 Public Sector Ethics and Integrity Compliance Officers were also equipped with skills for institutional Policing of the Code of Conduct, which hinges on prevention, education, investigation and sanctions.
Richard Quayson, CHRAJ Acting Commissioner, stressed the need for consistent efforts, aimed at strengthening key anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies.
He said the successful implementation of the NACAP demands the effective resourcing and capacity-building of the various institutions involved in combating corruption.
Mr Quayson explained that, there is an urgent and perennial need to enhance the capacity and resource-base of anti-corruption institutions, such as CHRAJ, Economic and Organised Crime Office, Audit Service, Ghana Revenue Authority, Financial Intelligence Centre, Ghana Police Service and the Attorney General’s Department.
The Acting CHRAJ Commissioner tasked the institutions to pursue capacity building in institutional integrity, inter-agency relations, organisational support, infrastructure and access to information.
He noted that CHRAJ would intensify education of the public about the negative effect of corruption.
“Working in concert with other relevant stakeholders, CHRAJ will continue to use its strategic presence in the districts to appropriately educate the general public about the importance of combating corruption at the local level,” he said.
Speaking on the Code of Conduct for Public Officers, Mr Quayson explained that the provision seeks to promote a high standard of ethics in public service, ensure that public officials are accountable to the people and discharge their duties with responsibility, integrity, competence, and loyalty.