General News of 2014-08-23

We need more resources to fight corruption – CHRAJ

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) is calling on government to provide anti-corruption agencies with adequate resources to fight corruption.

Over the years, Ghana has been hit with various corruption scandals including the unlawful payment of Ghc51 million to businessman Alfred Woyome, the payment of Ghc144 million to Subah InfoSolutions by the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), fraudulent deals under the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) among others.

Government has been widely criticized for failing to check the rise in corruption.

Former President John Rawlings has predicted that the National Democratic Congress(NDC) might not win the 2016 elections if it fails to take measures to tackle the increase in corruption.

Speaking to Citi News, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Richard Quayeson attributed the inability of the country to effectively fight the canker to inadequate resources.

“We have made some good progress but I wouldn’t say we have done very well…We have the institutions in place, but we need to invest in the fight against corruption, we need to resource these institutions like EOCO, etc. for them to be able to effectively fight corruption,” he said.

The Deputy Commissioner further advised government to “support credible programmes” that are aimed at fighting the canker.

“It is quite known to the public that we are not investing in fighting against corruption. Look at the anti-corruption agencies in the country, we are not resourcing them, look at issues on corruption, we are not taking the campaign, taking the publicity, taking the sensitization issues sufficiently.”

Meanwhile, the former Commissioner for CHRAJ, Justice Emile Short has advised Ghanaians to actively involve themselves in the fight against corruption by holding public officials accountable and intensifying education.

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