Corruption

The Sekyere East District Directorate of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), has launched an educational campaign geared at strengthening the involvement of communities in the District in the on-going fight against corruption.

Mr Michael Boahene, the Acting District Director of the NCCE said his outfit was sensitising the local people on what constituted corruption, the legal framework existing in the country to fight it and the avenues where corrupt acts could be reported to, for investigation and appropriate legal action.

He mentioned some of these institutions as the Ghana Police Service, the Complaint Unit of the District Assembly, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), among others.

Speaking at one of such fora held at Effiduase, he said the exercise which began in the District on February 21, had seen the NCCE holding separate education fora for identifiable groups such as; students, hairdressers association, drivers’ unions, farmers, and others within 10 communities in the District.

The communities include; Apemso, Senchi, Nkwankwanua, Odurokrom, Apemso and Ahwerewa, among others with ‘‘Citizens for Transparency and Accountability’’, as the theme.

Mr. Boahene said the campaign was a component of the National Anti-corruption Action Plan (NACAP, which hinged on a three-pronged approach – education, prevention and deterrence to make corruption a high risk and a low return venture in the country.

He said it also formed part of the Accountability and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP), aimed at facilitating stakeholders’ engagement in the fight against corruption and ensure trust in managing the affairs and resources of the entire citizenry in the country.

The NCCE District Director called on the Ghana Police Service, CHRAJ, EOCO, Civil Society Organisations, religious and traditional leaders, among others, to join the campaign of curbing corruption in the country in order to promote development.

Mrs. Helena Nyarko Dankwah, the Proprietor of the Tomhel Preparatory School, where the programme was held commended NCCE for the event and called on the school children to influence their parents, families and friends to stop the menace.

He added that empowering the children in the fight against corruption was the surest, guaranteed and sustainable way of dealing with the menace.

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