NCCE in the Ashanti Region has organized a focus group discussion in Kumasi to brainstorm on best practices to combat corruption. The group discussion forms part of the Anti–Corruption, Rule of law, and Accountability Rule of Law and Programme (ARAP). Religious leaders, assembly members, traditional leaders, Persons with Disabilities (PWDs), Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), Faith-Based Organisations (FBOs), civil servants, public servants, and representatives from some security services took part in the discussion.

The Ashanti Regional Director of the NCCE, Wilson Raphael Arthur, encouraged participants to help eradicate corruption in their everyday activities. He said corruption has become an attitudinal problem that requires a change in the state of thinking. Mr. Arthur emphasized that no person, group, or institution is to blame for the pervading state of corruption in Ghana. According to him, everyone is involved in one corrupt act or the other and therefore we must all look for solutions. Aside from the focus group discussions and town hall meetings, the NCCE is adopting other platforms including drama to educate the public on corruption, he said.

The Ashanti Regional Director of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Ms. Mercy Larbi took participants through the negative impacts of corruption on citizens’ human rights. She stressed that when corruption is on the increase, citizens’ access to social interventions is limited.

Ms. Larbi mentioned some negative impacts of corruption on citizens’ human rights which are poor healthcare, limited access to good education, limited infrastructure, increasing death, and injury through road accidents among others.

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