‘Unite to fight corruption’

The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has urged the citizenry to unite their efforts to fight corruption, which had become the bane of national progress.
“The citizenry should be bold and make concerted declaration that seeks to resist, reject, report and punish corruption at all levels,” it said.

Ms Faustina Djabatey, the Communication Assistant Officer of the Coalition, who made the call, noted that corruption continued to pose serious threat to the development, peace and security as well as the progress of the country.

Speaking to the media in Kumasi after a float on some principal streets to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day celebrations, Ms Djabatey pointed out that “corruption is a brutal monster which needs to be kicked out in society.”

This year’s celebration was held under the theme: ‘United against corruption for development, peace and security.’

According to Ms Djabatey, “Corruption exacerbates poverty, thwarts development, undermine the very principles of democracy and good governance, which form the bedrock of modern societies”.

“Corrupt practices have caused financial loss, claimed lives and properties of the state which can kill our country and is time everybody galvanise efforts to eradicate the menace and this year’s theme appropriately challenges the citizenry to reflect, rethink and pledge to say no to corruption.”

“The coalition is calling on the government and parliament to ensure the speedy passage of the Right To Information (RTI) bill into law, to allow the citizenry access to public information, particularly those on budgets, contracts, foreign agreements, procurement, to deepen transparency and accountability in public governance.
“We are also advocating effective implementation of the National Anti-corruption Action Plan as well as other anti-corruption conventions such as the African Union Convention Against Corruption, (AUCAC) and the United Nations Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) in the country.” -GNA

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