TWENTY-FOUR heads of state institutions who have failed to comply with a directive from government in March this year, on the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), are to face sanctions.
President John Dramani Mahama, who stated this, therefore, directed the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to present the list of the institutions for appropriate sanctions.
They include heads and chief executives of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) and Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) who have not submitted their report on the implementation of NACAP in their respective institutions.
President Mahama gave the directive at a high-level conference held in Accra yesterday, to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day.
Held under the theme, ‘NACAP: Ghana united against corruption’, the conference brought together stakeholders, as well as representatives of international partners, to discuss anti-corruption measures being implemented in the country.
President Mahama in March this year, issued the directive to MDAs and MMDAs to factor the NACAP into their operational plans to curb corruption and report their implementation to the Office of the President and CHRAJ by the end of the year.
The directive indicated that the implementation of NACAP would be the basis to assess the performance of heads of such institutions.
NACAP was developed by government in 2011, and adopted in July this year by Parliament, with the aim to create a sustainable democratic society founded on good governance and imbued with high ethics and integrity.
It seeks to contextualise and mobilise efforts and resources of stakeholders, including government, individuals, civil society organisations, the private sector and media, to prevent and fight corruption through the promotion of high ethics and integrity and the vigorous enforcement of applicable laws.
In line with this objective, a high level implementation committee, chaired by the Chief of Staff, with membership from the private sector and civil society organisations, was set up to provide policy, strategic direction and advice to implementing agencies and bodies.
The President, however noted that out of the 43 public sector institutions expected to comply with the directive, only 19 had submitted their report to the commission.
He said that the government was determined to play its role under NACAP and would not hesitate to deal with any head of institution who did not comply with the directive.
“I, therefore, request CHRAJ to provide my office with the list of the institutions that failed to report for the appropriate sanctions to be applied on the heads of those institutions”.
“I expect heads and chief executives of state institutions to comply with directives that are issued to them. If any head does not do so, then he or she is in the wrong place.”
The Acting Commissioner of CHRAJ, Mr. Richard Quayson, presenting highlights of the report on NACAP implementation, said the nation had made significant strides in the fight against corruption, despite some challenges encountered in certain sectors of the economy.
He said the international theme for this year’s celebration of the IAD, “Break the corruption chain”, enjoined governments and other stakeholders to do more in the fight against corruption.
According to him, the country was obliged to encourage the active participation of all sections of the society to reject corruption and embrace integrity, transparency, accountability and good governance.
He stated that it was only when the nation was united against corruption that it would successfully break the corruption chain.
By Charles Amankwa