The Vice-President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has observed that the realization of ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda including the Coordinated Program of Economic and Social Development Policies 2017-2024 which encapsulates President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s vision would suffer if corruption is not properly addressed in the country.
He said in a bid achieve the dream, Government has instituted certain reforms among others to eliminate waste and seize the opportunity for corruption in the country. Some of these measures include the dehydration processes in the port for clearing goods, introduction of online passport application forms as well as the implementation of transport allocation of oil bloc businesses to investors.
He further hinted that government is strengthening the anti-corruption institutions to enable them address corruption, promote probity and accountability and transparency by providing them more resources.
Dr Mahamudu Bawumia made his views known in a speech read on his behalf by the Minister of Planning Dr. Gyan Baffour at the launch of the 2019 Civil Society Integrity Awards in Accra on Monday December 3, 2018.
Dubbed the “2019 Civil Society Integrity Awards”, is an initiative of the Ghana Integrity Initiative(GII) seeks to recognize the efforts of outstanding individuals and organizations making a significant contribution to the fight against corruption.
Speaking at the launch, Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori Kwafo maintain this year’s award would recognize institutions that uphold the professional and have undertaken initiatives aimed at reducing corruption in Ghana.
Emphatically, she stated the awards would recognize a particular actions or initiatives by the individuals and organizations who projects the highest standards of integrity. “Such initiatives could for example be a change in people’s lives, a change in institution process and policies and example of people’s handed up to take action against corruption”, she stressed
Previous winners of similar awards including the TI’s global award and others have included journalists, civil society activists, government and corporate whistleblowers who work to investigate an unmask corruption, often at a great personal risk.
For the first time in 2019, GII in collaboration with Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice(CHRAJ) and other Civil Society Organizations will recognize and honor organizations and individuals who have made contribution(s) to curbing corruption in public procurement.
Winners will be honored at a public award ceremony that gathers a broad range of people and institutions supporting the anti-corruption crusade in Ghana. The nominations will be accessed by a five (5) member committee of well-known individuals from the public and private sectors with expertise in anti-corruption.
Instituted as a way of finding solutions to the problem of corruption in Ghana with funding from the Global Affairs of Canada and the global Anti-Corruption organization, Transparency International(TI), the 2019 Integrity Awards is calling for submission of nominations from the institutions and the public.
The event also coincided with the launch of report on the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption(AUCPCC).
The report emanates from a study conducted by GII with support of Transparency International(TI) with a focus on accessing the extent to which Ghana has discharged her obligations under the African Union Convention on Preventing and Combating Corruption as a state party. Study under the AUCPCC report covers selected articles related to Money Laundering, illicit enrichment, funding of political parties, civil society and media among others.
By Joseph Kobla Wemakor|Ghananewsone.com