The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has embarked on citizenry sensitisation on Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) sponsored by the European Union (EU) in the Yendi municipality of the Northern Region.
The 2019 sensitisation of identifiable groups on the ARAP constituted the second phase of the citizenry sensitisation on ARAP, which involved 10 women groups, 23 youth groups and 10 dusk and dawn broadcasts targeting 10 communities were carried out.
In all, 45 activities were carried out in the municipality comprising visits to five mosques, two churches, one sub-chief Palace (Wal-lanyili) at the Umrania electoral area and others in Yendi township.
The theme of the ARAP was ‘Citizens for Transparency and Accountability’ and topics discussed included the manifestation of corruption such as bribery, nepotism, stealing of state property, extortion, absenteeism and or lateness to work, need for citizenry to fight against corruption by reporting alleged corrupt cases to institutions.
Addressing the participants at various areas, Alhaji Sulemana Alhassan, the Yendi Municipal Director of NCCE indicated that more than 1,000 females and 1,500 males were reached out with the sensitisation on the responsibility of the citizenry to fight corruption, whistle blowing, and role of key institution in the fight against corruption.
Touching on the role of the Public Relations and Complains Unit of the Yendi Municipal Assembly in improving service delivery, combating corruption and public accountability, he noted that, “There are many more youth and women groups in the Yendi municipality and hope that they will be reached to in the next quarter of the year.
“The objective of the programmme is to promote good governance through reduction of corruption, improve accountability, compliance with the law, in many communities visited, people accept that corruption is evil and should be fought by the citizenry.
“Many people are apprehensive about the role of the police and judiciary in the fight against corruption, citing numerous cases of alleged corruption at the police stations and courts, the whistle blowers are completely in contrast with Dagomba values of uprightness and ability to keep the fault of others.
“Fighting corruption is an insurmountable task since the youth, women and pressure groups can be harnessed to fight corruption,” Alhaji Alhassan stressed. –GNA