The Office of the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice (OAGMoJ) has challenged Ghanaians to blow the whistle on wrongdoers in order to step up the fight against corruption in the country. This call was made during a sensitization workshop on the Whistleblower Act, 2006 (Act 720) and procurement standard clause organised by the Ministry in Accra.
Addressing the opening session of the sensitisation workshop, the Chief Director of the OAGMoJ, Alhaji Suleiman Ahmed was of the view that this would help his Office to reach out and investigate these complains to ensure justice is served. According to him, it is important to have such key stakeholder workshops to conscientize all concerned to help in the fight against corruption. Alhaji Suleiman Ahmed reiterated the need for the National Anti-Corruption plan (NACP) document which he said constitutes a National Framework for combating corruption to promote visible developments across the country. “The state institutions have key roles as embedded in the document to implement so that collectively, we can fight corruption” he opined.
On the Whistleblower Act, the OAGMoJ Chief Director said it is prudent for citizens to know that the Act provides a framework for individuals to disclose information of public interest that relates to unlawful or illegal conduct for action. He was however unhappy that most people are unaware of this Act which also provides for disclosures on procurement breaches that are likely occur.
In a presentation on the role of CHRAJ in the implementation of the Whistleblower Act, Mr. Charles Ayamdo, Director of Anti-Corruption at the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) cautioned authorities or individuals to desist from withholding information or disclosure by a whistle blower as it can lead to severe sanctions and punishment of not less than two years jail term if found capable.
Mr. Ayamdo called on all without police station or security facilities to make disclosures to their chiefs, District Chief Executives or any local law maker in their vicinity regarding corrupt practices. He also assured whistleblowers of the necessary compensation and protection against victimization.
Other presentations participants were taken through included the AG’s role in the implementation of the Whistleblower Act by Mr. Asiama Sampong, a Chief State Attorney and procurement standard clause by Alhaji Abdul-Latif Alhassan of the public procurement Authority.