Students have been urged to understand corruption and the dangers it posed to their personal and national development. Chief Superintendent of Police, Ayamga Yakubu Akolgo, Director, Legal and Prosecution, Volta Regional Police Command has said students would be more empowered to tackle corruption if they are made to understand its threats. He said this when he addressed students of the University of Health and Allied Sciences (UHAS) during a symposium on anti-corruption organized by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) at the main campus of the university in Ho.
Mr. Akolgo said students must realize that corruption could ruin their career and life and must, therefore, be honest and stay away from corrupt practices. “Corruption has impacts on students. It is important for students to understand the menace of corruption and to take active steps to avoid corrupt practices”, he said. Mr. Akolgo intimated that corruption affected everyone and noted that when well-meaning Ghanaians fought corruption, a real difference could be made. He called on stakeholders to close the implementation gap between anti-corruption legislation, practice, and enforcement, and empower the citizenry to speak out and hold governments accountable.
Mr. Daniel Mensah, Regional Director for Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) noted that the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) seeks to build integrity among the citizenry and embolden them to report acts of corruption to the appropriate agencies. He called on the citizenry to endeavor to do the right thing whether or not they were being monitored.
Mr. Kenneth Kponor, Regional Director of the NCCE said students must be sensitised on corruption to enable them to exhibit integrity in the world of work. He urged them to eschew corrupt practices, uphold the rule of law, and serve as positive role models in their societies.
The symposium was aimed at sensitizing students of tertiary institutions on anti-corruption regimes so that they can eschew corrupt practices, uphold the rule of law, serve as positive role models, and demand accountability from office bearers. It was part of NCCE’s 2019 Accountability Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) supported by the European Union.