From Frederick Danso Abeam, Obuasi
The Member of Parliament (MP) for the Obuasi East Constituency, Dr. Peter Boakye Yiadom, says corruption is so embedded in the Ghanaian society, to the extent that its eradication should not be left in the hands of a few individuals.
He has noted that fighting corruption should rather be the collective responsibility of all and sundry.
“If you pay money before your child is admitted to the Nursing Training College; if I assist someone to get employment and demand something in return it is corruption, and it is time people are prosecuted for their corrupt practices,” he said.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ durbar on Public Accountability and Environmental Governance at Anyimadukrom in Obuasi, Dr. Boakye Yiadom said invariably, it is the politician who is seen as being corrupt, but stressed that in our homes, schools, offices, and almost everywhere, corruption is prevalent.
Organised by the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), in collaboration with the European Union (EU), the durbar brought together Nananom (chiefs), assembly and unit committee members, women and youth groups, political party members, and faith organisations to brainstorm and bring out ideas on how to combat corruption in Ghana.
The Obuasi East legislator said it was to stop corruption and other related offences that the government established the Office of the Special Prosecutor, and charged Ghanaians to be careful in whatever they do, so that they are not hauled before the office to answer charges relating to financial malfeasance against them.
The Obuasi Municipal Director of the NCCE, Mr. Adams Saddique Zagoon, noted that corruption, as a destructive albatross on society, has wreaked havoc on populations the world over, and has opened the flood gates for organised crime and other threats to human security to flourish.
Speaking on environmental degradation, Madam Eugenia Kromo Sarpong of the local office of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) entreated the citizenry to report persons whose activities are likely to harm the environment to the office.
Mr. John Donkor, an investigator at the Obuasi Office of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice entreated Ghanaians to muster the needed courage to report persons who commit economic crime and other deadly offences to the relevant government agencies for prosecution, since the Whistleblower Act of 2006 gives Ghanaians the power to do so.