Ghana Legal News-The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) last Wednesday educated opinion leaders and residents of Asokwa about corruption and the need to stem it out of the social fabric.
Speaking at the forum, Wilberforce Zangina, Deputy Ashanti Regional Director of NCCE urged the public to shun all forms of bribery or tendencies that seek to solicit for underserved favors from people in authority.
The Deputy Director believes if people could reduce the pressure they put on government or state officials to bend rules or procedures to favor them corruption would be drastically minimized if not completely eradicated.
He charged residents of Asokwa not to condone or connive to commit corrupt acts or offer bribes for favors they do not deserve, insisting both the giver and receiver of bribes are equally guilty and could be prosecuted when the law catches up with them.
On his part, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokwa, Chief Akwannuasa Gyimah called for a concerted effort in stemming out corruption from the system.
He tasked the NCCE to intensify its outreach work so that citizens will become fully aware of their rights so they do not act naively or ignorantly.
Many people, the MCE noted have had to pay bribes at where they did not need to just because they have been ignorantly conscientized to pay their way through in life.
The canker of corruption, Chief Akwannuasa mentioned is deep seated in public life but noted it can be dealt with if citizens decide to change the mentality that finds the giving and taking of bribes attractive.
‘’I urge us all to continue to talk about corruption so that we can in our own small way help in the fight just as the President is committed to doing away with same with the setting up of the office of the special prosecutor to deal with all corrupt matters in the public space’’, Chief Akwannuasa intimated.
Speaking at the forum, Madam Patricia Appiagyei, Member of Parliament for Asokwa urged for the deployment of scientific methods in fighting corruption.
She noted with so much technology around stakeholders should look for avenues where science and technology could be deployed in fighting the canker of corruption in the country.
Nana Fe-Baamoah, Chief of Asokwa and chairman for the occasion tasked the media to lead the fight against corruption by highlighting any semblance of the act.
He also urged the citizenry to shun the negative tendencies that make them to give bribes and cut corners to receive favors from public and state officials.
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