The Nanton District Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has completed a public sensitisation exercise on the Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) with the aim of promoting good governance.
The month-long exercise, being the second phase of ARAP, was undertaken in the district from February 19, to March 22, with support from the European Union and on the theme: “Citizens for Transparency and Accountability”.
A total of 30 identifiable groups including; chiefs and elders, opinion leaders, youth, artisans, women, religious organisations, educational institutions and persons with disabilities from 16 communities including; Nanton, Gbumgbum, Fazihini, Tampion, Jana, Tinkurugu, and Balshei in the district were reached.
The NCCE also used a mobile van to run dawn and dusk broadcasts in communities in the district in a bid to reach out to the general public.
Mr Ibrahim Iddrisu, Nanton District Director of NCCE, who led the exercise in the communities in the district, explained to the citizenry issues pertaining to accountability, rule of law, and anti-corruption and the need for all to fight against corruption in the country.
Mr Iddrisu touched on the negative effects of bribery and corruption on the country’s economy pointing out that it led to depletion of resources that would have been used to build infrastructure and other social amenities.
He emphasised the need for all citizens to wage war against bribery and corruption supporting his points with a constitutional provision that gave rights to every citizen to protect and preserve public property and expose and combat misuse of public funds and property.
Mr Iddrisu also educated the people on Whistle Blowers Act, the procedure for making a disclosure, what constituted an impropriety, who qualified to make a disclosure and where to make the disclosure urging people to report such cases to CHRAJ, the Police, Auditor General, the chief, amongst others.
He touched on the reward that a whistle blower was entitled to which was 10 per cent of the money retrieved from the person engaged in the impropriety, role of CHRAJ in anti-corruption, role of Legal Aid Scheme in anti-corruption amongst others to encourage people to join the fight against corruption.
Most of the beneficiaries were impressed with the sensitisation and expressed their zeal to combat corruption in their respective communities and thanked the NCCE for the package.
Some of the people were not happy about politicians’ interference in the activities of state institutions saying such a practice tended to impede efforts to fight corruption in the country.