‘Intensify anti-corruption campaign to stop abuse of power’

 Prof Lyia Nkansah

Prof Lyia Nkansah

Professor Lydia Apori Nkansah, Dean of the Faculty of Law, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST), Kumasi has called for intensification of the national anti-corruption campaign to stop the abuse of entrusted power for private gain.

Corruption, she explained, remained a huge threat to the nation’s socio-economic progress and demanded collective action to effectively deal with it.

“Ghana already has in place well-structured anti-corruption institutions. We, however, need stronger will from the people at the family, community and national levels to enable them to work efficiently,” Prof Nkansah stressed.

She was speaking at a three-day annual general assembly meeting of Amnesty International Ghana, held at Abankro in the Ejisu-Juaben Municipality.

‘Ending corruption and eradicating poverty: effective ways to advance social and economic rights’ was the theme chosen for the event.

The meeting discussed national policies and programmes designed to tackle corruption, outcomes and implementation challenges alongside the role of stakeholders.

Prof. Nkansah noted that successive governments had sought to address the problem and yet “corruption seems to be gaining formidable grounds in our society resulting in the nation’s wealth basket leaking badly, causing hunger, deprivations and poverty.

“Resources meant for development are diverted for private gains, this is evil and must be eradicated as it deprives people from reaching their potential and becoming all that they were created to be.

“There’s the need for severe punishment for public office holders caught in corrupt practices and Ghana can do better in the fight against the canker,” Prof Nkansah cautioned.

Nana Afrane Okese IV, Omanhene of Ejisu, stressed on the need for corrupt officials to be named and shamed to make corruption disincentive.

Mr Robert Akoto Amoafo, Director of Amnesty International-Ghana, advised members of the local chapter, to redouble their effort at helping people to reject dishonest conduct. -GNA

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