27 June 2014

Ghana: Committee Approves National Anti-Corruption Action Plan

press release

The Committee on Constitutional, Legal and Parliamentarian Affairs has recommended the approval of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (2012-2020) (NACAP) for implementation.

NACAP when approved is expected to contextualize and mobilize efforts and resources of stakeholders to prevent and fight corruption through the promotion of high ethics and integrity as well as vigorous enforcement of applicable laws.

It also aims to institutionalize efficiency, accountability and transparency in the public, private and not -for profit sectors as well as conduct effective investigations and prosecution of corrupt conduct.

It also focuses on causes, effects and measures to control corruption and outlines measures for strengthening key anti-corruption and law enforcement agencies, improving investigation and prosecution.

Chairman of the Committee, Alban S.K. Bagbin, who moved a motion for a adoption of the Committee's report on action plan said NACAP integrates anti-corruption measures into the programs and activities of public sector organizations and allows for collective action and sustained coordination of efforts as well as the judicious application of resources to combat corruption.

He said the committee noted that the fight against corruption would bear no fruits without raising the awareness of public officials and the general public to the dangers of corruption.

He said the success of NACAP would depend on human resource capacity and adequate funding of the various institutions involved in fighting corruption.

Alban Bagbin said the committee also recommends the adoption of a definition of corruption in Ghana to encompass and capture all aspects and types of corruption and proposes a definition as "the misuse or abuse of office or power for parochial or private gains."

The Committee, he added, also recommended the passage of a comprehensive code of conduct and rules of ethics to govern the actions and inactions and create a value base society, implementation and practice of an all-inclusive participatory, transparent and accountable good or smart governance, as well as the appointment of persons with necessary competence to be in charge of monitoring, evaluation and periodic review of all these national plans against corruption.

Source: ISD (Gilbert Ankrah)

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