Government would strengthen anti-corruption measures in Ghana – Vice President

John Mahama - Vice President

Vice President John Dramani Mahama on Friday gave the assurance that the Government would provide adequate support to agencies engaged in the fight against corruption as a measure to reduce the menace in the coming years.

He explained that Ghana with her democratic credentials and vibrant media has the potential of fighting corruption to serve as a sterling example in the continent.

Vice President Mahama gave this assurance when the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan team presented the draft plan to him at the Castle, Osu.

The team led by Miss Loretta Vivian Lamptey, Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), was inaugurated by the Government on December 9, 2009, to among other things draft an anti-corruption action plan and come out with recommendations that could help curb the menace of corruption in the country.

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice was tasked to be the coordinating authority that included the Serious Fraud Office, Civil Society Organizations and other public sector organisations.

The draft document, if passed by Parliament, would become the official working document to streamline issues concerning corruption and all other societal malpractices.

Vice President Mahama appealed to the media to continue to play their watchdog role by exposing corrupt practices in society without fear or favour.

Miss Lamptey said the draft document, which was validated in October, 2011 was as achieved through the inputs they gathered from their regional fora and district level focus group discussions organised throughout the country.

She commended all the Regional Ministers for their active participation in the programmes and their effective collaboration that enhanced the production of the document.

The CHRAG Commissioner called for the empowerment of all stakeholders especially the Civil Society and the media by building the capacity on the substance on the document for action.

She said the only way the document could be very instrumental to the socio-economic development of the country was through distancing itself from party politics and appealed to the Government to project the document as a national one for the betterment of the entire country.

Source: GNA

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