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Anti-corruption campaign needs to be stepped up – GII

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The media and other civil society organizations had been urged to join hands with anti-corruption campaigners to purge the country of graft and other corrupt practices.

Mr George Amoh, Project Coordinator of the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre said efforts at ensuring that public office holders became more accountable, open and transparent in their activities should be stepped up.

He said it was important to recognize that corruption, greed, nepotism    and other reprehensible and criminal conduct were unhelpful to the cause of building a prosperous nation.

This is why the political leadership is required to exhibit high sense of discipline, accountability and transparency.

Mr Amoh was addressing a day’s seminar on corruption organized by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in collaboration with the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) in Kumasi.

It was on the theme: “Reporting Corruption – Our Contribution to Building a Just and Democratic Ghana.”

The goal was to help the participants’ who included journalists, security agencies, selected civil society organizations and heads of government agencies to have better understanding of corruption, its nature, causes, manifestations and effects.

It was also to build their capacity to demand responsiveness, accountability and openness from people in political authority as well as institutional heads.

Mr Amoh said corruption in all its forms undermines integrity, investment, rule of law and development initiatives and said it must be fought at all levels and on all fronts.
Mr Maxwell Appiagyei, Senior Principal Investigator of CHRAJ, called on government to adequately resource anti-corruption agencies for their efficient operation.

Source: GNA

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