To make headway in the fight to eliminate corruption in all its forms, anti-corruption crusaders insist that the state’s commitment to addressing the menace must now go beyond the usual rhetoric to action.
Kwesi Boateng Assumeng , Programmes Officer – Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, said it is time the efforts toward fighting corruption begin to show, with effective and timely mobilisation of resources for anti-corruption agencies of the state.
This, he added, should be backed up with the needed legal support to make anti-corruption agencies functional – particularly speaking in reference to the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
He noted that the determination of government to fight corruption must further be demonstrated; for instance, by bringing around various stakeholders to work out a clear roadmap for implementing the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
NACAP is expected to contextualise and mobilise efforts and resources of stakeholders to prevent and fight corruption, through the promotion of high ethics and integrity as well as vigorous enforcement of applicable laws.
Mr. Assumeng, who was speaking in an interview at the backdrop of a ‘Feedback Forum’ in Kumasi as part of an intervention by the Ghana Ant-Corruption Coalition, dubbed ‘Facilitating CSO’s Engagement with Government for Responsive Governance’ and supported by Star Ghana, which also underscored the need to dialogue with government on various issues surrounding corruption.
“The way forward with our governance process is to engage. Resorting to violence and the excesses that we sometimes see is not the way we should go, because in the long run these actions lead to destruction of properties and even loss of lives.”
But dialoguing with government, he said, helps to throw light on efforts being undertaken away from the public on a number of issues, while also helping to build consensus.
He revealed that some of the key issues to have come up in their engagements with the public on anti-corruption and decentralisation include: the need for public education on the ills of corruption; political commitment to NACAP; and timely disbursements of the DACF among others.
These engagements have been taking place all across the country over the period.
Some of the participants at the Feedback Forum in Kumasi who shared various opinions on addressing corruption issues were, however, optimistic that concerns of the public will be taken onboard to fight the menace.
Meanwhile, government has allocated GH¢180million with a commitment to provide additional resources during the course of 2019 to enable the Special Prosecutor’s Office to carry out its mandate.
This was revealed by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, at the 2019 Budget presentation in Parliament recently.