The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has urged the media, civil society organisations (CSOs) and the citizenry to intensify the fight against corruption in the country.
It noted that fighting the menace is a collective responsibility and must be done by citizens’ participation and public education.
Ebenezer Tetteh-Wayo, the Accra Metropolitan Director of the Commission, made the call at a sensitisation forum on accountability, rule of law and anti-corruption for students of the Ghana-Lebanon Islamic Secondary School (GLISS) in Accra.
The programme organised by the Accra Metropolitan Directorate of the NCCE sought to build the capacity of the participants to condemn and fight corruption in all spheres of public life.
Mr Tetteh-Wayo indicated that corruption is so secretive and complex that those who engage in it make it difficult for the act to be determined.
“It was for these reasons that, the commission through the support of the European Union embarked on this exercise to rid the society of the menace which has eaten deep into the moral fibre of the society adding that “corruption brings underdevelopment, impedes business growth, escalate cost, scares investors and obstruct the justice delivery system.”
He advised the students to be abreast with current issues on corruption in order to report perpetrators to the security agencies and charged the media and civic society organisations to be at the forefront of the crusade against the canker.
Mr Tetteh-Wayo stated that “the fight against corruption will bear no fruit if much awareness is not created, it is the duty of every citizen to combat corruption by extending the anti-corruption messages to the citizenry in order to reduce the level of poverty in the country”.
BY LAWRENCE VOMAFA-AKPALU