Views: 86 Bazaana Gertrude, Accra, July 14,2019, Sun, 12: 00pm The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has called for the criminalization of illicit enri...
Bazaana Gertrude, Accra, July 14,2019, Sun, 12: 00pm
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has called for the criminalization of illicit enrichment following the launch of the report of the Global Corruption Barometer last week.
According to the Programs Manager of GII, Mrs. Mary Awelanah Addah speaking to the report, 60 percent of the citizens was of the view that the government was doing well in the corruption fight, whereas 49 percent said the otherwise.
33 percent had the perception that corruption was increasing in the country, and some 40 percent said they had had to pay bribe for one service delivery or the other at the report findings.
Mrs. Mary, however, said the country figures indicated a slight improvement in corruption fight vis-à-vis those of the entire Africa sub-region where 53 percent perceived the canker was increasing and governments were not doing well in the fight.
To this point, GII recommended that in line with Chapter 20 of the United Nation Conversion against Corruption, and the rule of the African Union on Preventing and Combating Corruption, Ghana must criminalize illicit enrichment and with the same powers prevent the illegal acquisition of wealth across both public and private sectors.
She said the government should resource key Anti-Corruption institutions for them to fight corruption effectively.
“There must be a monitoring framework in place and enforced to ensure that these institutions live up to expectation.”
Also, the Anti-corruption Organisation recommended that the Government should intensify education on the whistleblowers Act, protect journalists to hold policy makes accountabile, and civil society organizations to hold duty bearers answerable and criminalize illicit enriching.
She implored private business owners to insist on working in a corruption-free ecosystem.
A researcher from the Afro-Barometer, Daniel Amarh said the report covered some 47,000 participants in 35 countries and represented some 130 million in the Sub-Region.
The research covered a period between 2016 and 2018.