May 2013

Mr Mahama Ayariga, Minister for Information and Media Relations, has reiterated government’s commitment to the fight against corruption and make the practice unappealing in both public and private sectors.

He said the fight against corruption was a collaborative effort among individuals, government and civil society organisations.

Mr Ayariga said this when Mr Andrew Awuni, Executive Director, Centre for Freedom and Accuracy, led a team to brief the Minister on activities of the group to help address corruption in the country.

“Government appreciates that corrupt practices are fuelling shortfalls in revenue... inefficiencies in service delivery and inability of government to meet target,” he said.

Government, therefore, would be receptive to ideas that contribute to minimising corrupt practices, the Minister said.

He mention the implementation of the Single Spine Salary Structure and the Right to Information bill, which Cabinet is yet to okay for parliamentary approval, as some of the ways government was structurally tackling corruption issues.

Mr Awuni said corruption had become a national and a continental canker that needed to be uprooted through a concerted effort.

He said corruption had taken a new dimension that called for new approaches to tackle, saying “Ghanaians are good at campaigning, so we are going to use banners, posters, flyers, stickers and mass media to admonish people to do the right thing”.

The Executive Director said the centre was effectively working closely with Tiger Eye, a private investigative group, to make the fight against corruption a national campaign particularly targeting individuals and institutions that were perceived corrupt.

Source: GNA