NCCE Sensitize Pusiga People on ARAP

National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)
National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE)

The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) is implementing the Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-Corruption Programme (ARAP) to educate and sensitise identifiable groups on the need to fight the menace in the Pusiga district of the Upper East Region.

The programme seeks to promote good governance in the country by reducing corruption and improving accountability and compliance with the law.

The programme that derives funding support from the European Union and in collaboration with the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) would engage the citizenry on issues related to anti-corruption and the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

Mr Seidu Yakubu, Officer in charge of the NCCE, made this known at a Church service for members of the Pusiga Assemblies of God Church at the weekend in the Pusiga district.

He identified corruption as a bad practice that had negative effects on the economy and that there was urgent need for the citizenry to fight it out of society.

Mr Yakubu said the programme was targeting areas including; workplaces, identifiable groups, traditional authority and opinion leaders in 40 communities in the district to sensitise them to appreciate the need to support in the fight against the menace.

He said corruption was the abuse of entrusted power for private gains, and that if it is allowed to grow in the society, only few irresponsible individuals would develop, while the majority of the people suffer in poverty.

Mr Yakubu hinted that corruption contained elements including; bribery, kickbacks, nepotism, fraud, embezzlement and misappropriation of funds that were meant for the development of the community and said even though corruption was caused by competition for insufficient goods and services, scarcity of public goods, poorly paid worker salaries and limited opportunities, people should resist the temptation and endure the pain temporarily.

He pointed out that politically, corruption was a major obstacle to democracy and the rule of law where offices and institutions lost their legitimacy, and said it undermined people’s trust in the political system, its institutions and its leadership.

Mr Yakubu said corruption impeded business growth, escalated cost and posed serious legal and reputational risks to the state and called on all stakeholders to build partnerships and create transparency and accountability platforms to allow all to participate in the decision-making process.

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