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General News Wed, 4 Dec 2019

Anti-Corruption Action Plan: CHRAJ chides Parliament for reneging in oversight duties

The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), has chastised Parliament, accusing it of failing in its oversight mandate in the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

According to Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, Richard Quayson, the House has not shown the needed muscle to ensure the smooth implementation of the plan to curb the canker of corruption.

Mr. Quayson made the observation at a forum of the African Parliamentarians Network Against Corruption (APNAC).

“I ask this question? Why did Parliament spend about two years to look at the anti-corruption strategy and approve it and now, when it is necessary for then to provide the oversight for its implementation, we don’t feel them as we should?”

“The body that CHRAJ reports to is Parliament so I will never stand anywhere and make statements that are uncomplimentary of the body I report to. But I also cannot run away from the truth.”

The National Anti-Corruption Action Plan is geared towards helping to intensify the fight against corruption and the promotion of national development.

It contains strategic action plans identified and agreed upon by stakeholders, including the private sector, during nationwide consultations.

Ghana’s corruption ratings

Ghana’s performance on the Transparency International corruption perception index increased by a point to 41 in 2018, from its 2017 score of 40.

This left Ghana with a ranking of 78 out of 180 countries; an improvement from 2017’s rank of 81.

Ghana has averaged 38.75 points from 1998 until 2017, reaching an all-time high of 48 points in 2014 and a record low of 33 Points in 1999.

The latest Afrobarometer report released by the Center for Democratic Development shows that among key public officials in Ghana, the police, judges and magistrates, Members of Parliament, civil servants, and tax officials were most widely perceived as corrupt.

The report also indicated that the government is rather performing poorly to fight the canker.

In the same report, it revealed that the government’s anti-corruption efforts have declined sharply since 2017 after more than doubling three years ago.

The survey showed that the Army, religious leaders, and the presidency were seen as the most trusted public institutions while opposition political parties, local government officials and tax officials are least trusted.

Source: citinewsroom.com
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