NCCE engages c’nities on accountability, good governance

The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has engaged communities in Greater Accra on issues of accountability, probity, transparency and good environmental governance.

The programme was aimed at sensitising and educating residents on the negative impacts of corruption on national development and how to safeguard the environment through good governance.

It was under the auspices of the Commission’s Anti- Corruption Action Plan (ARAP) in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and other stakeholders, to bring the programme to the doorstep of the residents which formed part of Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption programme initiated by the commission to deal with corruption-related issues.

Isaac Antwi, Tema Metropolitan Director, NCCE, said they made use of local opinion leaders to disseminate information to community members and brought the programme to the doorstep of residents by engaging assembly members and opinion leaders so as to share what they had heard to others.

 Herbert Kpodo, who represented Accra East Regional Director of EPA, noted that unplanned settlements, indiscipline, negative attitudes towards environment, non-compliance with environmental regulations and inadequate collaboration between traditional authorities and metropolitan, municipal, and district assemblies in allocation of land, were concerns mostly expressed in the metropolis and such gatherings were crucial to good environmental governance.

“To ensure good environmental governance, EPA was implementing Environmental Impact Assess Regulation, LI 1652, as an effective and efficient tool to prevent hazardous developments in communities, developed standards that must be strictly adhered to for effluent discharges, ambient air quality and point source emissions, noise control, weighted sound levels, and motor vehicle emissions, anyone caught contravening these standards will be prosecuted,” Mr Kpodo noted.

Joseph Bempah, the Tema Regional Commander, Motor Traffic and Transport Division of the Ghana Police Service, observed that the country had enacted a number of legislations to deal with the issue of corruption, Whistleblower Act which sought to encourage persons with information about public and private persons who engaged in acts of impropriety, and abuse of office to report to appropriate places.

“The Act stipulates types of information that can be disclosed, persons entitled to make disclosures, individuals and institutions that qualify to receive such information, provides protection and immunity from criminal prosecution in instances where whistleblower knew and believes information given is truthful,” Mr Bempah stressed.

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