The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has rallied the support and assistance of all traditional and religious leaders to lead a strong and sustained advocacy that will make the grounds infertile for corruption to thrive.
According to the Commission, the fight against corruption would bear no fruit without the active participation of such honourable and revered institutions in raising awareness of its dangers, both in the public and private sectors.
Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ made the call at a sensitisation, education and awareness creation forum for the Central Regional House of Chiefs on corruption reporting format, to solicit their support and assistance for the National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP) in Cape Coast.
It was organised under the auspices of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local Chapter of Transparency International, in collaboration with the Commission as part of the GII’s Integrity, Mobilisation, Participation, Accountability, Anti-corruption and Transparency (IMPACT) project to respond to corruption using NACAP.
Mr Quayson noted that “institutions should rededicate themselves in helping to fight against endemic corruption, by being resilient, determined and bold to report cases of corruption regardless of the calibre of people involved and save the huge resources lost.
“It can be redirected into productive ventures to stimulate economic growth, development and prosperity for the citizenry since the fight against corruption should not be directed against public institutions alone but also private sector, rated as having high volumes of business operations and the largest employer.
“I urge the traditional and religious leaders to investigate and report incidents of corruption, expose corrupt officials and be resilient to raise public awareness about corruption, its causes, consequences and possible eradication.
“They should not exclude themselves from fight against corruption but use their platforms to rally support and assistance against endemic corruption that has eaten deep into the fabric of society,” Mr Quayson indicated.
Theophilus Tuwor, the Regional Director of the Commission, said to effectively and efficiently play their watchdog roles, the Commission would continue to engage traditional rulers and religious leaders and periodically train them to sharpen their skills and knowledge on the principles and techniques of investigating, reporting and monitoring corruption trends to significantly reduce its occurrences.
“The Commission will deliberately and consistently provide public anti-corruption messages, which encourages the citizenry to report breaches of regulations and procedures relating to corruption,” he said. -GNA