Accra, Dec 10, GNA – The Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Ghana has called on the government to adequately resource the key independent anti-corruption institutions to guarantee their independence and to promote their effectiveness.
The Centre urged government to demonstrate strong political will by vigorously enforcing the existing laws against corruption in Ghana without fear or favour.
“We also demand that the leadership of our anti-corruption institutions lead by example and remain resolute in the discharge of their duties,” said Mina Okuru, Communication Officer at CDD-Ghana in a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency on Wednesday.
The statement said: “We commend the government for enacting a code of conduct for public officials and also for giving approval to the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan.
“However, we respectfully insist that these initiatives and other anti-corruption laws are not in and of themselves sufficient to eradicate the canker, to be effective, they must be backed by principled leadership and commitment to operate a clean government.”
It asked government to reform the existing public office holder asset disclosure regulations to make it mandatory for those disclosures to be made public.
The Centre also called for what it described as “complete de-politicisation of the fight against corruption in Ghana.”
It said International Anti-Corruption Day marked on the theme: “Break the corruption chain” presents another opportunity for Ghanaians to stand together in unison and fight the social canker.
The statement said: “it should be seen as a call to duty on Ghanaians to put a stop to the scourge of corruption ravaging our country in our individual and collective capacities,” adding “taking back what was lost through corrupt practices is everyone’s responsibility.”
It commended efforts of citizens, citizen groups, and government, calling on government to retrieve monies lost to the nation through public corruption.
The statement noted: “Corruption undermines our common efforts at advancing human rights and achieving greater prosperity for all.”
“It exacts its greatest toll on society’s most vulnerable people, and promotes poverty, inequality, and social instability.”
The statement said the rise in perceived levels of corruption among public officials together with the low levels of popular trust in key democratic and state institutions, revealed in the Round Six Afrobarometer survey in Ghana was deeply worrying.
“Accordingly, we must intensify our individual and collective efforts to fight against public corruption,” it said.