The Asante-Akim South Municipal Office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has scaled up its anti-corruption campaign – reaching out to various identifiable groups.
It has been sensitizing and encouraging everybody to be bold to report dishonest and fraudulent conduct including bribery, extortion, tax evasion, cronyism and embezzlement.
The NCCE on Wednesday held separate education forums for the Women’s Fellowship of the Presbyterian Church at Juaso and the Saint Theresa of the Child Jesus, a women’s group within the Juaso St Andrew Catholic Church.
This was under the “Anti-corruption, rule of law, and accountability programme”, a partnership between Ghana and the European Union, to root out corruption.
The five-year programme aims to build the capacity of the NCCE, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the media to promote increased accountability and bring down corruption.
Speaking at the forum Mr. Samuel Otchere, the Municipal Director of the Commission, said all should accept to work together to fight and defeat the social canker.
He added that corruption had become a serious threat to national development and needed to be battled on all fronts.
This fight was a shared responsibility – required the involvement of every citizen.
Mr. Patrick Asare, a Senior Civic Education Officer, invited religious bodies to join the anti-corruption campaign, saying, it was a service to humanity and posterity.
The pulpit should be used to preach against this social evil – help people to appreciate the enormous harm it was causing the society.
Mrs. Janet Kwakyewaa, President of the Presbyterian Women’s Fellowship, said corrupt practices in public institutions was a great source of concern and urged the NCCE to sustain the education campaign.