The National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has undertaken an anti-corruption education at the Pelungu market and some Junior High Schools (JHS) in the Nabdam District.
The anti-corruption education, which was extended to the traders in the Pelungu market and some Junior high schools including the Yakoti Junior High School (JHS) and the Pelungu JHS, sensitized the traders and students on the effects of corruption, how the canker was retarding the development of the country and what to do to nib it in the bud.
Mr Augustine Akugri Awinvom, the Nabdam District Director of the NCCE said corruption manifest itself in various forms in society, such as embezzlement, misuse of official time, favouritism, and nepotism among others in various organizations.
Mr Akugri said the effects of corruption was so apparent in the country, and indicated that the response against corruption needed collective efforts, adding that, every Ghanaian must know that it is a national and constitutional duty to expose corrupt practices, by reporting individuals and institutions that are alleged to be engaged in such practices to the relevant law enforcement authorities
The NCCE director told the traders that both the giver and the receiver of bribe were guilty, stating that they must avoid the practice of giving money or gifts to people in authority for favour or advance their course such as securing admission, employment for their wards or giving money to police officers to free them or for bail and described such acts as wrongful acts and that the law will punish both the giver and receiver of bribe when caught.
He said the Whistle Blower Act, will help raise consents about malpractice that were taking place in organizations, and indicated that they would have the courage to report corruption and other related malpractices to the appropriate authorities such as the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organize Crime Office (EOCO), Legal Aid, the Police Service because they would be reward for exposing these negative practices from the whistle blower fund.
Naba Bona-kolg, Chief responsible for the sale of animals at the sheep and goats market at Pelungu said the education from NCCE was commendable, because most of the traders did not know who to report corruption related issues to, adding that they preconceived the idea that nothing will be done to such officers “but now that we know, we will freely report such practices once our identity will not be revealed and even get rewarded for helping in the fight against corruption”.
The NCCE team later moved to the Yakoti and Pelungu JHS, where they educated the pupils on the roles they could play to grow to be responsible citizens and to contribute to the development of the country.
Mr Gilbert Tibekawol Zaghitaaba the Assembly Member for the Pelungu Electoral Area and Headmaster of the Pelungu JHS thanked the NCCE staff for their constant educational programmes in the area, and said it will change the attitude of the people in the area towards their environment and nation.