President Mahama commends UNDP for supporting the fight against corruption in GhanaDec 10, 2015
President John Dramani Mahama has applauded the United Nations Development Programme, UNDP and the European Union for supporting the fight against corruption in Ghana.
He urged Ghanaians to discuss corruption impartially devoid of politics and report it without fear of victimization since no one is above the law.
The President was opening a high level conference on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, NACAP in Accra on the occasion of the International Anti-corruption Day.
He also condemned media reports painting an erroneous picture of Ghana as the second most corrupt country in Sub-Saharan Africa with reference to a recent corruption index report.
President Mahama admonished the media to be judicious in playing their roles as gatekeepers with accuracy.
Country Director for UNDP, Dominic Sam said “Corruption is corrosive and widening and has a disastrous impact on society when funds for development are diverted through dishonest means. Corruption exacerbates violence and loss of faith and trust in public institutions.”
He added the International community should stress on transparency and good governance and insist on assets recovery.
With UNDP’s support, several activities have been implemented in the fight against corruption. These include establishing and training a High Level Implementation Committee, chaired by the Chief of Staff at the Presidency, with representation from key Ministries, Departments and Agencies to guide the NACAP implementation.
A monitoring team tasked to develop a Monitoring and Evaluation framework for tracking progress on the NACAP implementation was also established and trained with UNDP’s assistance.
UNDP also supported the development and implementation of a Communication Strategy that enabled the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority carry out tax education and sensitization of the media as well as direct clients on customs rules and procedures.