A focus group discussion organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), had participants expressing their rage against corruption and its devastating effects on the masses, and urged all relevant institutions and individuals to genuinely fight against it.

The discussion, held at the New Juaben South Municipal Assembly Hall in Koforidua, forms part of the activities under the Accountability Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP). The aim is to empower the citizenry to actively participate in the governance process to attain greater public accountability, reduce corruption, deepen the Rule of Law and attain better environmental governance in Ghana.

In a general consensus, the participants jointly issued a communiqué condemning corruption and encouraging all citizens to stand up against the menace. In the same vein, Sgt. Francis Gomado of the Ghana Police Service, in his remarks blamed the increasing corruption on societal glorification of wealth without questioning the sources.

Mr. Stephen Okpoti, the Eastern Regional Director of CHRAJ, pointed out that Ghana has enough laws on anti-corruption: citing the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), Economic and Organized Crime Act, 2010 (Act 804), Whistle-blower Act, 2006 (Act 720), Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (Act 749) and the Public Ofice Holders (Declaration of Asset and Disqualification) Act, 1998 (Act 550) legislations among others, as some of the legal instruments for fighting corruption.

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