The Kassena-Nankana West District office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) in the Upper East Region, has undertaken series of campaigns under a programme dubbed; Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme(ARAP).


District Director of the NCCE, Mr Robert Dampare, disclosed in a media briefing that, ARAP was a European Union (EU)-sponsored anti-corruption programme that was being implemented in phases through the NCCE. According to him, the NCCE was mandated to assist in educating the Ghanaian populace on all civic issues and that, partnering the EU to sensitize the public on the negative effects of corruption on the country’s development was worthwhile.


Mr Dampare said as part of the strategies to reach out to the public with the ideals of the ARAP intervention, his office arranged meetings with target groups and executed an elaborate advocacy and lobbying campaign to sell out the message. This allowed for the NCCE to educate people on how to demand accountability, detect acts of corruption and the appropriate authorities to report such acts to. He said the campaigns also touched on the need to institute very stringent measures to drastically reduce corruption in the system.


He encouraged people to demand accountability from duty bearers and all manner of officers put in charge of public funds. He noted that if members of the public did this religiously, it would lead to judicious use of the country’s limited resources and as well, block loop-holes in the system.


The civic education and awareness campaigns run from 13th April, 2018 to 18th May, 2018. During the period, 30 engagement activities were held with 10 youth groups, five trade associations and three faith-based organisations.


Mr Dampare said aside the engagements with identifiable groups, the NCCE also carried out street announcements in 10 communities including the Paga township, Navio, Kanania, Kakungu, Badunu, Kajelo and Paga-Nania among others. In his estimation, 1,615 persons were reached with the ARAP message throughout the district.


Sharing reactions received from the public during the campaigns, Mr Dampare disclosed that some people perceived corruption to be perpetuated mainly by politicians who often claim they were in leadership to serve. Meanwhile, some also held the view that a good number of civil and public servants engaged in corrupt acts at the Assemblies and elsewhere.


He added that, it was the view of many stakeholders that committees often set up to investigate crimes of corruption and looting of state property, end up exonerating the wrong-doers. He said members of the public believed that, only severe sanctions meted out to persons found culpable in corrupt acts, would be a sure measure in stamping out the phenomenon in Ghana.


Source: ISD (Peter Atogewe Wedam)


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