NCCE Engages Pokrom-Nsaba Community On Public Accountability in Akuapem South
its quest to stimulate and revive the civic responsibilities of Ghanaians
towards accelerated national development, the Akuapem South National Commission
for Civic Education (NCCE) has organized a community durbar on public
accountability for people of Pokrom-Nsaba.
The day durbar was under the theme “whistle blowing mechanism and anti-corruption; the role of the citizenry” was heavily attended by opinion leaders, Assemblymen and other social and recognized groups.
In his presentation on the theme, the Akuapem South National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) Mr. Alex Owusu hinted that, anti-corruption comprises activities that oppose, inhibit and make corruption unattractive.
Explaining the different forms of corruption, the NCCE boss indicated that, just as corruption takes many forms, anti-corruption efforts vary in scope and in strategy with preventive and reactive measures been the general distinction.
He continued that, education on the negative impact of corruption, or firm-internal compliance programs are some of the ways to expose activities that would be a breeding ground for corruption.
Mr. Owusu accentuated that, the term “whistle-blowing” originates from the practice of British policemen who blew their whistles whenever they observed commission of a crime. Whistle blowing means calling the attention of the top management to some wrongdoing occurring within an organization.
When a person encounters wrongdoing in the public sphere, his or her first step should probably be to use the organization’s internal whistle blowing mechanisms.
Whistle blowers in the public sector often face the unique problem that their disclosure may constitute a crime. This can create an ethical dilemma when the ongoing misconduct is severe and there is no reasonable prospect that the abuse will end absent blowing the whistle.
Mr. Alex Owusu
He has therefore charged every well-meaning Ghanaian to hold it a duty to expose and report any person or group of people who encounter (s) wrongdoing in the public sector to the appropriate organs for sanctions.
He further encourages them to promote community ownership of developmental projects and policies, increase awareness of the operations of the Local Government and empower the citizenry to demand accountability from duty bearers.
The NCCE boss encouraged the citizenry of Pokrom-Nsaba to get involved in everything that have to do with their governance and in order to express themselves in their socio-political, socio-cultural and economic matters.
On his part, the Assemblyman for Pokrom-Nsaba Electoral Area Hon. Daniel Anaadi Ahwireng on behalf of the community expressed his profound gratitude for the community durbar since it has enlarged and increased the understanding and responsibility as citizens towards national development.
According to him, many citizens have developed lukewarm attitude and I don’t care attitude because they do not known their fundamental rights and responsibilities towards the development of the country.
He was of the view that, such community durbars if organized at least every three months would go a long way to create the necessary awareness and sense of responsibility to the citizenry and stimulate them for development.
Touching on corruption, the Pokrom–Nsaba Assemblyman attributed the overwhelming corruption in the country to lack of patients and responsibility among the teeming Ghanaians especially the youth.
He took the opportunity to entreat the youth to be patient and control their appetite for wealth and its associate elements since wealth is not made overnight.