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Youth urged to deepen fight against land corruption

Tamale, Nov 5, GNA – Mr Michael Okai, Coordinator for Land and Corruption Project of Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has called on the youth to strengthen the campaign for the fight against land corruption.

He said it was vital for the youth to spearhead the education on land laws to curb corruption in the sector, which would contribute to improved livelihoods of all.

Mr Okai was speaking at a youth engagement campaigns on Land and Corruption in Africa Project which was organised by the GII in partnership with the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC).

The event, held in Tamale, was aimed at engaging the youth and women, especially the widows, in the advocacy for good land governance.

He said people allegedly engaged in corrupt practices in acquiring land which was inappropriate, and that, it was important for the youth to go through the right channel in land acquisition.

He mentioned that the absence of efficient anti-corruption oversight and redress mechanisms in the land sector contributed to the dishonest act among officials and the people and disclosed that about 80 percent of women cultivated land out of which about less than 40 percent were denied ownership through corruption in the land sector.

He therefore called for a well-planned system that would ensure transparency, integrity and accountability in the land administration.

“It is important that the system is well-planned such that, citizens would participate in decision making and monitoring of land transactions”, he said.

Mr Joseph Makido Azam, the Project Officer for the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC), urged the citizenry to report persons who engage in corrupt practices to the appropriate institutions.

He said this would aid in bringing the culprits to book, and that, it would help in winning the fight against corruption in the country.

Mr Azam indicated that it was vital for the citizens, especially those in the rural areas, to join forces to help curb corrupt practices which were becoming common among institutions.

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