The East Gonja Municipal office of National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has undertaken a sensitization exercise on the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) with the aim to promote good governance.
This is the second phase of the ARAP, being undertaken with support from the European Union, and it is also to reduce corruption and improve accountability and compliance with the rule of law in the country.
So far, chiefs and elders of Sisipe, and religious groups amongst other stakeholders in the Municipality were sensitized as part of the exercise.
There were also dawn and dusk broadcasts using a mobile van to reach the general public in the municipality.
Mr Gariba Sato, East Gonja Municipal Director of NCCE, who met chiefs and elders of Sisipe as part of the sensitization on ARAP, spoke about the effects of corruption saying it led to poor delivery of services, reduction in public revenues and weakening of rule of law.
Mr Sato emphasized that “Corruption has a negative effect on growth, reducing resources which might be used to improve services for poor people and all citizens. Corruption in public administration leads to a misallocation of talent and resources, and weakening the state’s ability to provide quality services.”
Some members of the NCCE’s team also spoke about some anti-corruption institutions in the country including Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Economic and Organized Crimes Office, Special Prosecutor’s Office and the Attorney General’s Department.
They encouraged the people to report any acts of corruption to such bodies under the Whistleblowers Act to help fight corruption assuring that their identities would not be disclosed when they reported acts of corruption.
Those reached with sensitization exercise embraced ARAP and indicated their readiness to report any acts of corruption that they would encounter.
Religious leaders also pledged their support for ARAP assuring that they would continue to preach on the negative effects of corruption and the fact that God abhorred it to help reduce the canker in society.
Traditional leaders promised to severely sanction corrupt members of society to deter others from the practice.