Views: 249 Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, April 3, 2019, Wednesday, 10;00am The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has held an advocacy forum for a corrupt...
Ishmael A. Junourgh, Accra, April 3, 2019, Wednesday, 10;00am
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has held an advocacy forum for a corruption-free business environment to enable the private business to grow as an enormous source of employment.
The multi-stakeholder business integrity forum was themed: “Promoting good business environment through ethics, integrity, and accountability.”
GII is a membership organisation open to individuals of integrity committed to the fight against corruption.
The GII Project Coordinator, Michael Okai in his presentation on emerging issues from regional engagement noted that there were some acts of corrupt practices in some agencies at the regional level. And some of those service providers included the Ghana Revenue Authority, the passport office, the Registrar General, Registrar of birth and death, the Police Service.
But, the Registrar General, Registrar General’s Department, Jemima Oware, said it was unfortunate for people to pay monies to humans instead of interacting with their comprehensive website and software, and that with their online in place they necessarily did not need to have physical offices everywhere in the country.
She blamed the general public for wrongly paying huge sums of monies to middlemen called ‘goro boys” for services that the department runs for free.
The forum dialogued challenges facing the private sector, ways to leverage small business from corruption from government service providers, and providing some best practices for a business owner to follow through.
The chairman of the occasion, Mr. Rockson Dogbegah, noted that there was a need to create a friendly ecosystem to leverage private sector business in the country.
Head of Chambers, Kasser Law Firm, Clara Beeri Kowlaga Kasser-Tee, on the subject matter almost sounded hopeless about the level of lawlessness in the country.
She said often people were asked to pay unapproved amounts called “facilitation fees.” To service providers before they could do what they were employed to do.
“Ethics, integrity, and accountability needed to be natured to support the legal system and until then we talk one thing and in practice do the opposite. More or less we have institutionalized dishonesty and hypocrisy.”
She said the sector actors should be bold to stop paying bribes called “facilitation fee” and rather promote social values: integrity, accountability and ethical ways of doing things.