The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has called for a collaborative effort from all stakeholders including the media towards building a resilient and integrity in the society.
According to the Commission, promoting resilience and integrity at all levels of the Ghanaian society required that all stakeholders played their vital roles with no one reneging on their responsibilities.
Madam Rose Animah Appiah, Acting Western Regional Director of CHRAJ made the call during a media engagement as part of activities to mark this year’s International Anti-Corruption Day in Takoradi on Thursday.
The day was celebrated on the theme Building a culture of integrity for generations.
Madam Appiah said the celebration was a call to action and reminded all stakeholders of their role and responsibility in the fight against corruption which must not be overlooked.
She said corruption had an adverse effect on the enjoyment of fundamental human rights and therefore must be fought with all energies in a coordinated manner.
She said corruption was a major issue of concern due to its enormous effects on economic growth and human rights.
‘We must all know that corruption has an adverse effect on the fundamental human rights, thus each and every one of us has a role to play in the fight against corruption”, she stated.
“We see corruption during recruitment, promotions, awarding of contracts, and procurements. Every single person. young and old has a role to play to prevent and counter corruption”, she added.
Madam Appiah specifically charged the media to carry out campaigns to raise awareness over corrupt practices and to curb them.
The media, she said, had a huge responsibility to educate the citizenry on the negative impact of corruption and encouraged them to speak up and say no to it.
Madam Fidelia Owusu Konadu Principal Investigator at CHRIAJ mentioned poor remuneration, ignorance, indiscipline, absence of rule of law, Lack of transparency, access to information among others as some of the conditions that fostered corruption.
She said bribery and corruption, when prevalent in any society breeds irresponsibility and the equilibrium in the society would be shattered.
She stressed the need for sustained public education and campaign in addition to a strong political and determination to keep on fighting.
He called on journalists to show interest in investigative journalism and encourage citizens to show active community involvement in the fight against corruption