The Ghana Intergrity Initiative, a local chapter of transparency international has on the 12th of November, 2020, engaged residents of Damongo on how to report on corruption and corruption related issues and offenses.
Chiefs, market women and assembly members as well as teachers in and around the Damongo township, were among the selected few invited to attend the event. The forum was held at the Damongo Catholic Guest House conference hall.
The program was organised in a bid to give members of the public a fair idea as to how to report to issues of corruption and corruption related offenses.
Ghana intergrity Initiatitive, the sole organisers of the forum is a non-partisan, non profit civil empowerment organization focused on the delivery of the essential themes necesary for the creation of a national intergrity system.
Mrs. Mary Awelana Addah, the progammes manager for GII, tasked participants of the forum to do as much as possible to report all
forms of corruption within the public sector institutions, in a bid to minimize the menace bedevelling the nation.
Mrs. Mary Awelana admonished members of the public to reject any form of materials including money, valuable goods or gift, favours, promises and sexual favours mostly applied or used by corrupt persons in their bribery mechanisms.
She however lamented at the rate at which certain offices and institutions of state, are fast loosing their legitimacy as resources of the state are being misused for private advantages.
Speaking at the event, she expressed her utmost gratitute to the representative of the Judicial Service, His Lordship, Richard Mark who enggaged the participants on Judicial proceses and how to file cases in any competent court of juridiction.
This representation was to rebuild the trust between the Judiciary and the people after the Anas reportage on Judicial corruption, and to further enhance public confidence in the judicial process.
His Lordship Peter Mark, admonished the public to adhere to the legitimate stipulated mechanism within the current legal regime, in reporting all manner of judicial corruption
in order to sanitize the system after the excruciating expose by Anas Aremeyaw Anas on Judicial corruption.
He said agrieved persons can petition the chief justice over suspected cases of corrution and corruption related issues.
The High Court Judge, charged the public to lodge complaints of corrution in the judicial website or place a written complain into campain boxes designated at the various court premises.
He was however quick to add that in reporting any form of malfisance, ananimous complaints are unacceptable hence, he has entreated all agrieved persons who wishe to lodge complains, indicate their names and addresses for further delibrations.
His lordship Peter Mark in his presentation cautioned the public to eschew all manner of acts such as bribery and extortion, interest peddling, fraud and illicit enrichment as all these act amounts to nothing but corruption.
Corruption over the period has cost people access to quality legal and basic services such as health, education and security and has over the period undermined the peoples trust in the political system and its leadership.
It is against this backdrop that the Ghana Intergrity Initiative has undertaken a number of researches on corruption in the country as its contibution to the knowledge and basis for advocacy work.
GII has established auditing clubs as part of its efforts to ensure grassroot participation and efficient use of public resources as well as accountability in local governance through community monitoring projects.
The anti-corruption manchinery, Ghana Intergrity Initiative has therefore enreated members of the public, to report to ALAG offices of any susppected cases of corruption, an office set up by the GII, the local chapter of transparency internation to receive complaints from aggrieved members of the public on corruption.
It is an office created to empower citizens to make and pursue corruption related complaints. It will among others provide and assist victims and witnesses of corruption and to set up a database in the country based on complaints received from the public.
The advocacy and legal Advice Centre will also help deal with matters including petty corruption, grand corruption, conflict of interest cases and others may come from across.
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