Mr Solomon S A Kotei, General Secretary of the Industrial and Commercial Workers’ Union (ICU), has observed that one of the effective and surest ways to fight Corruption in the country, was for the State Machinery to strengthen anti-corruption institutions, and allow them to work.
Mr Kotei who made the observation in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at his office in Accra, on how best the social canker of Corruption could be eradicated from society, was of the view that by allowing those institutions to work, the whip could be easily cracked on those found culpable to have indulged in corrupt practices.
He said the alarming proportion at which corruption was moving in society must be a worry to all patriotic Ghanaians who have the development and prosperity of the nation at heart.
Quoting how in the view of Osagyefo Dr Kwame Nkrumah of blessed memory, the social canker could be fought against, Mr Kotei said Ghana’s First President had this to say: “The only way to fight Corruption, is to talk about it, time and again, and show how as a country, we are losing, when just a handful are taking advantage of the pool of resources that belong to all of us.”
The ICU General Secretary also underscored the need to strengthen the Whistleblowers’ Act, and said, volunteers of vital information that would expose wrongdoers, must be heavily rewarded, so that others could willingly volunteer information on other social misdeeds.
Mr Kotei, who is also a Minister of the Gospel, recalled the Citizens’ Vetting Committee era, and said it should be revisited, so that the affluence in society whose wealth or properties were wrongfully and dubiously acquired, could be made to face the full rigours of the law.
Touching on the current scandal at the National Service Secretariat, the ICU General Secretary said investigations into the embezzlement should be extended to the banks, where the withdrawals were made, and where the collaborators could be easily traceable and apprehended.
He said those found to be involved in the scandal, should be arraigned before courts of competence jurisdiction, such as fast track high courts, where, in his view, undue delays in proceedings could be avoided, so that the speedy trial of the offenders and their subsequent punishment, could serve as deterrent to others.