Former President John Dramani Mahama, has called for support for anti-corruption institutions to enable them fight corruption in our public service.
Mr. Mahama made this call when he addressed participants at the 88th Annual National Convention of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission Ghana at Pomadze in the Central region which was held on the theme: ‘Corruption, a threat to national development, peace and security’.
According to him, while corruption exists in advanced countries as well, the existence of strong institutions and the values of transparency have helped to reduce corruption to an absolute minimum.
‘’While corruption exists even in the most developed countries, the strength of institutions and the values of transparency, have helped them to reduce corruption to an absolute minimum’’ he said, adding that, “to succeed in fighting corruption, the country must strengthen anti-corruption institutions”.
He called for funding to be provided to agencies responsible for investigating and prosecuting acts of corruption and also appealed that, those agencies must be granted the autonomy and independence to be able to deal with persons found to have engaged in acts of corruption.
He said the only way to succeed in the fight against corruption is to “strengthen the anti-corruption institutions, fund them appropriately and provide them with the human resources for them to do their work.”
Mr. Mahama condemned attacks on some anti-corruption crusaders who dared question some people in the corridors of power who have been found to have engaged in corruption.
The NDC flag bearer said, when elected to serve the people of Ghana again, he would strengthen the asset declaration regime as mandated in the constitution of the country.
He asked Ghanaians to eschew nepotism and hypocrisy as both bred corruption and said, appointing cronies into governments was very dangerous and appealed to religious heads and traditional authorities to speak against the practice.
“Nepotism doesn’t become right because a different government is in power and our religious and traditional leaders must have the courage to speak up against it”, he said.
He proposed the introduction of the study of civics and responsible citizenship as a non-examinable subjects at the basic and second cycle schools to inculcate in pupils and students the sense of patriotism.
By: Bamie Tahir-Ahmed ||myradiowaa.com