INTEGRITY Advocacy Network (IAN), a non-governmental organisation, is to hold its maiden integrity awards this year, to honour individuals exhibiting lifestyle of honesty and accountability in their fields of endeavour.
The programme, under the theme, Think Integrity, Think Opportunities, is scheduled for November, this year in Accra.
Speaking to The Ghanaian Times in an interview on the upcoming programme, the President of IAN, Collins Arhin, said the objective of the awards was to create awareness among the citizenry and the youth on the importance of being honest.
“The award is also to advocate the establishment of a National Integrity Award Scheme to reward individuals who have pursued honesty as a virtue, and sensitise the public, especially young people, to aspire for a life of good value,” he said.
Apart from the awards, Mr Arhin said IAN had planned a walk dubbed, ‘Integrity Walk,’ in September, to promote good health among Ghanaians.
Mr Arhin said IAN was holding a monthly programme called “Integrity Campaign Across Schools and Churches,” in schools, churches and other social groups to educate the youth on the importance of leading a life of integrity and also sharing his life story which had moved him from oblivion to limelight.
Information gathered by The Ghanaian Times indicates that IAN was established in February this year, following a life-changing experience of Mr Collins Arhin, when he exhibited a life of honesty in the face of economic difficulty.
Mr Arhin, an unemployed graduate, was being evicted from his rented apartment due to his inability to pay his GH¢800 rent advance.
While on his way to Kwame Nkrumah Circle to borrow money from a friend to pay for his rent advance, he found an ADB-branded polythene bag containing GH¢2, 400 in the taxi cab he joined from St John’s to Circle, and instead of keeping the said booty, he rather alighted and went to Peace FM and made an announcement.
The owner came for the money and thanked Mr Arhin graciously and this act of honesty has opened a window of opportunities for him due to the extensive publicity the issue enjoyed.
At the moment, Mr Arhin is living in the house in which he was being evicted, for free and a philanthropist in the US is putting up a house for him and also a lot of companies have offered him job opportunities due to his honesty.
By Kingsley Asare