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Don’t Protect ‘Corrupt’ Persons – NCCE Director

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The Metropolitan Director of the National Commission For Civic Education (NCCE), Emmanuel Tetteh Wayo has tasked Ghanaians to join state agencies in the fight against corruption.

According to him, the fight against corruption and its related practices could adequately be tackled head-on if the citizenry took keen interest in eradicating the canker.

He said corruption which is now pervasive in every facet of society is creating huge problems for the country.

Speaking at the Okaikwei North Municipal Assembly (ONMA)-NCCE community engagement in Accra yesterday, Mr. Wayo said the Whistleblower Act, (ACT 720) has adequate protection and rewards for persons who report acts of corruption.

He stated that most a times whistle blowers fear to report persons engaged in corrupt acts for fear, victimization among others indicating that even practices that tend to degrade the environment or endanger the health or safety of an individual or community constitute acts of corruption.

The NCCE Metropolitan Director was emphatic that reporting corrupt acts gives the state the opportunity to recoup monies that could have been lost to corruption.

Mr. Wayo while taking the gathering through the various areas of the Act however cautioned against reporting non-existing acts of corruption based on malice or ill-will stressing that there are consequences for such deeds.

The Civic Education officer of the Commission, William Lartey said the NCCE is tasked by the constitution to educate and sanitize the citizens on their civic responsibilities.

Chairman for the occasion, Chief of the Mossi People in Abeka, Chief Alhaji Sulley  said the engagement was necessary as a way of discussing and fighting the various ills of society.

He said all hands must be on deck to sustain the peace in Abeka while conscious efforts must also be made to close certain internet cafes in the vicinity that have become joints for wee smokers.

Chief Alhaji advocated the strict application of the laws on sanitation and the law seeking to ban the production and use of polythene bags.

 

Story by Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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