Ghana Prepares to Launch a Major Campaign Against Corruption

National Anti Corruption Week
National Anti Corruption Week

Ghana is to launch “Zero Tolerance for Corruption Campaign,” to showcase the nation’s indomitable spirit to fight and win the war against corruption.

The National Zero Tolerance for Corruption campaign forms part of the broader National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

It would also be used to review the state of corruption and the progress made in the implementation of NACAP and anti-corruption measures generally, Mr Richard Quayson, Deputy Commissioner, Commission Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) told the Communication for Development and Advocacy Consult (CDA Consult) in an interview in Accra.

Outlining measures towards the launch of the 2017 Anti-Corruption Week and National Anti-Corruption Conference scheduled for December 4 – 9, 2017, Mr Quayson told the CDA Consult that the week has been branded “Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week (ACT6/0) which is to symbolize abhorrence to corruption.

“As this year’s programme also coincides with the Ghana@60 celebrations, the multi-stakeholder planning committee has branded the week December 4 to 9, 2017 as Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week [ACT 6/0], symbolizing six days of zero tolerance for corruption,” Mr Quayson stated.

He said CHRAJ is organizing the week in partnership with the Office of the President, Attorney General’s Office, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, Judicial Service, National Commission for Civic Education, Ghana Police, European Union, US Embassy/USAID, STAR Ghana, and other Stakeholders.

Other activities Mr Quayson outlined includes; Monday December 4th – Launch of Anti-Corruption and Transparency Week [ACT 6/0]; Friday and Saturday 8th & 9th – National Anti-Corruption Conference.

He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, is expected to open the National Anti-Corruption Conference in Accra.

Mr Quayson said Ghana, through Parliament on July 3, 2014, adopted NACAP as the national strategy and blueprint to combat corruption in the country over a 10-year period.

He said the main purpose of NACAP is to mobilize efforts and resources of stakeholders, including government, public sector institutions, civil society, private sector, the media, faith based organizations, traditional authorities and individuals, to prevent and fight corruption through the promotion of high ethics and integrity and the vigorous enforcement of applicable laws.

The CHRAJ Deputy Commissioner said “Since the introduction of NACAP, the nation has been organizing annual National Anti-Corruption Conference coordinated by CHRAJ to review the state of corruption and the progress made in the implementation of NACAP and anti-corruption measures generally”.

He said the Conference, which is usually organized on the December 8 and 9, devotes the first day to technical work, whilst the 9th is more ceremonial as it commemorates the International Anti-Corruption Day.

Source: CDA Consult

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