The European Union ambassador to Ghana, William Hanna, says concerted efforts is needed to effectively address the corruption menace in Ghana.
He observed corruption has been a major contributor to poverty, noting has negatively impacted on governments’ ability to expedite the growth and development of the country.
He has thus underscored the need for concerted efforts by government agencies, security forces and the media could support the attempts by government in nipping the canker in the bud.
Mr Hanna made said this when he addressed participants at the launch of the EU-Ghana Anti-Corruption, Rule of Law and Accountability Programme (ARAP) in Accra Tuesday.
It was attended by representations from security agencies, Judicial Service, Ministry of Finance, the CHRAJ and EOCO, and other civil agencies.
The ARAP is an initiative instituted by the government of Ghana and the EU and its member states to help in addressing corruption and its related fields in the Ghana.
As part of the deal, the EU would be sponsoring the initiative with a 20-million euro grant, which would be disbursed over a period of five years.
Speaking on ways the EU can sustain the initiative, Mr Hanna indicated that his outfit would help build the capacity of civic education providers such as the NCCE, CHRAJ, Civil Society Organisations and the media.
The move, he said, would enable the beneficiaries conduct campaigns, advocate and lobby for increased accountability to address the issue.
He, therefore, appealed to the government to promptly provide resources and incentives to human right protection and security agencies in the country.
Mr Hanna said these agencies have a key role to play in anti-corruption efforts, and must not suffer in the discharge of their duties.
Finance Minister Mr Seth Tekper, in a speeh read on his behalf said the initiative would enable the beneficiaries to enhance their capacities to effectively execute their constitutional mandates.
He pledged the government’s commitment to addressing corruption even in the face of the many challenges confronting the country.
Emmanuel Tawiah Forson| 3news.com|Ghana