The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), has held a day’s workshop here to encourage the public to report cases of corruption to the law enforcement agencies for appropriate action to be taken.
The workshop, which was organised in collaboration with the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice, (CHRAJ), brought together participants from various civil societies, educational institutions and the public to discuss the theme “Reporting corruption – our contribution in building a just and democratic Ghana.”
Mr George Amoo, the Co-ordinator of Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre, (ALAC), said that corruption was hindering the growth of the country and it was time Ghanaians stood up against it.
He said cases of bribery, nepotism, embezzlement and fraud were dominant in society and were gradually pushing the country into poverty.
According to Mr. Amoo, a research conducted by Transparency International, (TI), the parent body of GII every year to grade countries according to their resistance to corrupt practices through the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) mechanism, indicated that Ghana scored 4.1 out of 10 in the 2010 grading, and added that that was the best score Ghana has ever had.
He said that Ghanaians would be doing a great disservice to the nation if they refuse to report corrupt acts to the authorities to enable them deal with the culprits, adding that, corruption when condoned, could result in low productivity, scare away investors and undermine the rule of law and good governance.
“You must, therefore, stand up for integrity, transparency and accountability to help eradicate corruption from our society,” he stressed.
Mr. Amoo assured the participants that, the GII and the law enforcement agencies would handle cases of corruption with care and protect informants.
The Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr. Kobina Pra-Annan, commended GII for the initiative and suggested that, civic education be included in the educational curriculum, saying that that approach would deal with the situation from the root.