The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has organised a national dialogue on corruption engaging the public on how Ghana can fight corruption.
The dialogue is the first in a series of eight dialogues to discuss findings contained in NCCE’s Research Report on “Public Perception on the State of Corruption, Public Accountability and Environmental Governance in Ghana”.The Chairman of the NCCE, Ms. Josephine Nkrumah said it is threatening how corruption has eaten deep into our society and in some cases accepted as a norm. She said falling morals and values have over the years also contributed to the increase in corruption related activities. She called on the Media, Civil Society Organisations and governance institutions to play key role in fighting corruption in Ghana. She acknowledged the EU, ARAP and FIIAP for their financial and technical support.A Broadcast Journalist, Manesseh Azure Awuni, called for a top-bottom approach in the fight against corruption. He called on state institutions like CHRAJ, Police and NCCE to intensify awareness on fighting corruption.Panelists at the dialogue demanded that state actors and government officials be brought to book to serve as a caution to others. The panelists include a Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Dr. Kojo Asante and Dr. Mrs. Mercy Akrofi Ansah of the Institute of African Studies, University of Ghana. There was a session where members of the public were given the opportunity to ask panelists questions related to corruption and allied issues.Ms. Kathy Addy, Deputy Chairman, Finance and Administration, said Ghana can only become completely independent devoid of foreign aid if corruption was addressed and tackled completely.The dialogue took place at the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and was attended by Commission Members at NCCE, students, state and private institutuons, law enforcement agencies, representatives of political parties, traditional authorities, Civil Society Organisations, Faith Based Orgaisations and staff of NCCE. The dialogue is part of the EU Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme, with technical support from FIIAP.
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