‘Resource anti-corruption institutions’

Dr Oduro

Dr Oduro

Vitus Azeem, an anti-corruption activist, has urged the government to resource anti-corruption institutions to effectively and efficiently combat corruption.

He explained that institutions mandated to fight corruption were not receiving enough support to make them research into new ways of preventing corruption and their existence would amount to nothing if they were not properly resourced.

According to him, the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) was a special institution to carry out an assignment that was not palatable to many people and efforts would be made to frustrate the Office, hence requisite resources including offices across the regions and human resource should be provided.

Mr Azeem made the call in an interview on the sideline of a roundtable on Fiscal Transparency and Accountability Demands of civil society organisations (CSOs) to government.

It was organised by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), to discuss civil society’s fiscal transparency and accountability demands on the government, extent of government response and the way forward.

The roundtable was part of a project dubbed ‘Citizens Action for Public Accountability and Pro-Poor Spending,’ which is being implemented by the GACC and the Economic Governance Platform with support from OXFAM.

The project aims at creating public awareness on the budget and to mobilise the citizenry to demand accountability and fairness in the fiscal regime towards addressing inequality.

Mr Azeem pointed out that “in calling for the resourcing of the OSP, government must as well focus on other anti-corruption agencies, which already exist but have not been properly resourced, the need to empower the citizenry to help fight corruption by voicing out corrupt acts.

“It is imperative for the citizenry to join the campaign against corruption by not only reporting corrupt practices but ensuring that culprits are named, shamed and punished,” he noted.

Dr Franklin Oduro, a member of the GACC Governing Board noted that preventive measures, which highlighted laws and institutions that made it difficult for people to involve themselves in corrupt practices, thereby strengthening the laws and institutions and make them more transparent.

Elizabeth Nkrumah, Executive Director, Financial Accountability and Transparency (FAT), Africa, underscored the need for CSOs to make the necessary follow-ups to ensure their demands were addressed.

Beauty Emefa Narteh, Executive Secretary of GACC, said the institutions mandated to serve as anti-corruption agencies had not been able to perform well due to challenges they were having such as their human resource capacity and independence. -GNA

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