The Director of Anti-Corruption at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, has charged Ghanaians to eschew politicisation of corruption and its related issues, in order to achieve the fight against it.
According to him, the fight against corruption is a collective responsibility and thus, charged all stakeholders to contribute their quota in the fight against corruption in the country.
Mr. Ayamdoo explained that, NACAP was adopted by Parliament in July 2014, as a ten year plan which outlines the strategy for fighting corruption in the country.
However, he said NACAP has been able to outline a number of roles for all key stakeholders including the private sector, public sector and CSOs, in order to harmonize the
promotion of social accountability as well as mobilise citizens especially, the poor and marginalised groups to take ownership of government programmes to ensure improvement in good services delivery.
Meanwhile, he called on Ghanaians not to meddle themselves in the matters of corruption and crime. Stressing that, “The laws of the country must be allowed to work.” And was quick to add that, NACAP was integrated into national development planning with a clear benchmarks for measuring the progress of implementation.
He also charged the media to be circumspect in their engagement with experts in their various discussions, in order not to politicise corruption but rather see it as a national canker and treat it as such.
Mr. Abdul Karim Mohammed, the Programme Advisor for Active Citizenship and Accountable Governance at Oxfam Ghana, on his part said the fight against corruption is paramount to everyone in the country.
According to him, Oxfam is aimed at collaborating with CSOs to fight the injustice of poverty, saying, “But we have also realised regardless of all the efforts that we make, if we don’t tackle the subject matter of corruption with all the energy that we can marshal, we will be fighting a lost battle.”
There is the greater need for all stakeholders to work together to help improve the system of information flow and accountability as well as enhance the voice of citizens in demanding accountability in order to curb the corruption canker.
The workshop on National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) which was organised by the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), and funded by OXFAM with the theme; ‘Citizens Action for Public Accountability and Poor Spending’ in Accra, was aimed to sensitise and empower CSOs on their roles and reporting mechanisms under NACAP.
It also informed NACAP as the main catalyst to the fight against corruption in Ghana, and also strengthens the performance of public institutions and service delivery, mostly at the local level reporting mechanisms under NACAP as well as update CSOs on the Implementation of NACAP.