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13.11.2008 General News

Corruption must be addressed to foster good governance


Mr Victor Brobbey, a legal policy officer, has called for concerted effort to fight corruption in the country saying it has the tendency to undermine good governance.

He said, though Ghana is ranked among the top ten of least corrupt countries, the canker should be well tackled in order not to cripple the country's fledgeling democracy and good governance.

Mr Brobbey, who works with the Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), was addressing a day's workshop organised by his outfit for aspiring parliamentarians in Kumasi on Tuesday, said addressing the menace should be the key pre-occupations aspiring candidates.

The workshop, funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), was aimed among other issues to educate aspiring parliamentarians to make their electioneering campaign relatively more issue based and less personality based.

It was also to strengthen the country's parliamentary process to help the candidates make informed decisions and choices.

Participants also had the chance to debate on governance, security and disability issues.

Mr Brobbey suggested that to address corruption, parliament must support the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), Office of Accountability and the Attorney General Department to investigate corruption in Ghana and be better resourced and free of political interference.

He said corruption is an embarrassing issue thus “addressing it requires a robust attempt by government to shine a spotlight on itself”.

Dr Bashir Brobbey, an official of the Attorney General's Department in Accra, who spoke on behalf of the physically-challenged, said they were members of the society that must receive support in areas such as education, health employment and other social sectors.

Mr Abdul Wahab Musah, Programme Officer for CDD-Ghana said the workshop would provide the opportunity for candidates vying for seats to articulate to the electorates their policies and programmes.