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MINISTER CALLED FOR COLLECTIVE EFFORT TO KICK AGAINST CORRUPTION IN GHANA

The Deputy Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Justice Samuel Adjei has called on the general public to assist the government fight corruption in Ghana. According to him, kicking against corruption requires a collective effort from individuals and organizations, stressing that, government alone could not fight against corruption in the country. The Deputy Minister was speaking to Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and other key stakeholders in Sunyani. The occasion was a ceremony to end the GACC’s project which started in January last year and expected to end this month. The project sought to educate the public and civil society organisations on corruption matters with the sole aim of building a national effort to confront the problem of corruption and advice on activities to combat corruption. Mr. Adjei appealed to the general public to pay their taxes honesty, adding that the public should not only depend on the District Assembly Common Fund for development projects. The Communications Officer of Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition GACC, Mrs. Beauty Emefa Narteh, said GACC seeks to facilitate anti-corruption activities in Ghana through the concerted efforts of its members and stakeholders. She said fighting against corruption will help reduce poverty and free Ghana from corruption. Mrs. Narteh noted that GACC was established in 2001 and operates in 29 districts across seven regions in the country namely Northern, Central, Brong-Ahafo, Volta, Ashanti, Greater Accra and Western Regions.  She said they engage in educating various target audiences on specific anti-corruption issues and its effect on national development. She equally mentioned Berekum, Teachiman, Kintampo South as well as Sunyani Municipal Assembly as some of the Municipalities where they are active. According to her, the duration of the project was 18 month and expected to end this month and was quick to add that GACC will continue to fight against corruption in the country. The Programmes Officer of the GACC, Ms. Sandra Arthur mentioned improvement in health care delivery, citizens participation in local government, including two Persons With Disability contesting in the present District Assembly elections as well as improvement in sanitations in some of the project communities as the outcomes of their activities. She commended District Assemblies should for fear development efforts and urged them to take advantage of the street naming project to effectively mobilized local resources. She further called for adequate education and awareness creation on corruption, while advocating honesty, transparency, accountability and integrity in the country.
Source:Biiya Mukusah Ali/http://newspaper.developghana.com/
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