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General News Wed, 20 May 2009

Government is committed to fighting corruption - Mould-Iddrisu

Accra, May 20, GNA - The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mrs Betty Mould-Iddrisu on Wednesday stressed Government's commitment to fighting corruption in the country. She said the fight against corruption should not only be about building infrastructure but rather the commitment to reduce the perception and incidence of corruption in all aspects of public life. Mrs Mould-Iddrisu made the observation when a four-man delegation from Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) paid a courtesy call on her in Accra.

They were, Dr Fred Deegbe, Chairman of GACC, Ms Anna Bossman, Mr Vitus Azim and Mr Kojo Asante all members.

GACC was established in 2001 as a cross sectoral group by anti-corruption organisations to fight corruption in the country. Mrs Mould-Iddrisu announced that Government was determined to pass the Public Office Liability Law, Anti-Money Laundering Law, Economic, Legal Assistance Law and Organised Crime Law to help fight corruption in the country.

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She was optimistic passage of these laws would help curb corrupt practices among public office holders, and urged the coalition to help find real solutions to corruption because the practice was costing the nation millions of cedis. Dr Deegbe, said even though the issue of corruption was complex, with focus and dedication from Government, the fight against the practice could be won. He said anti-corruption should not become just a mere platitude that would be trumpeted and left to die but should be carried out to its logical conclusion. Ms Bossman who is the Acting Commissioner for Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) urged leadership of political parties to abide by their campaign promises to fight corruption when elected into power. She appealed to Government to abide by its campaign promise and make the issue of anti-corruption a top priority. Ms Bossman stressed the need for serious efforts to restructure the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) to be at the forefront of the anti-corruption drive. 20 May 09

Source: GNA
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