Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on Monday expressed Government’s determination to explore the use of modern technological tools to combat the canker of corruption in the country.
He said corruption was the greatest threat to human race and served as an obstacle that undermined government’s ability to fulfill its obligation to promote, protect and respect human rights.
He noted that the nation might not attain its objective of building a Ghana beyond Aid, if corruption thrived, and assured of Government’s commitment to equip all the anti-corruption institutions in the country with the requisite resources to combat corruption.
“We’re capable of funding the majority of our development needs if we can check corruption.
“This is the time to wage an unrelenting war against corruption and to end the public resource waste to sustain fiscal discipline, change our mentality and attitudes towards state and state property, and imbibe sound work ethics into our national life,” he emphasized.
Vice President Bawumia gave the assurance when he delivered the keynote address at the closing ceremony of a week-long Anti-Corruption and Transparency Conference in Accra.
The Vice President also used the occasion to launch the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) Online Reporting Dashboard, which was developed to assist in the implementation and reporting on the Action Plan against corruption.
The digital system would help anti-corruption institutions to compile progress report and reduce the use of paper work.
The conference, organized by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), also marked the celebration of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption.
It was held under the theme:”Waging the Fight against Corruption; Panacea for Ghana Beyond Aid?, which attracted key stakeholders in the fight against corruption, including civil society organization, anti-corruption coalitions, state agencies, development partners and the media.
Vice President Bawumia said the fight against corruption was a collective responsibility of all stakeholders and should not be left to the government alone, saying; “We must collectively fight corruption in a responsible and sustainable manner”.
“We must be able and willing to question poor behaviour, poor performance, administrative obstruction, dishonesty, maladministration, improper use of discretion in administration decision-making,”the Vice President added.
Vice President Bawumia noted that the implementation of the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan was a priority of (NACAP) because it was a home-grown solution to combat corruption, which posed a good understanding of the corruption risk across all sectors of the economy and how it must be eliminated.
He mentioned some programmes rolled out by the Government within the past 22 months to enhance delivery of public services and combat corruption, including the paperless ports system, e-registration of businesses and electronic public procurement system, while efforts was underway to implement online registration of land titles.
Mr Joseph Whital, the Commissioner of CHRAJ, in his welcoming address, said the Commission since its establishment about 25years ago, had been promoting, protecting human rights and administrative justice, as well as promoting integrity and ethical values and conduct, through coordinated implementation of NACAP.
He was optimistic that the outcome from the conference would ensure the implementation of NACAP, sustain the campaign against corruption and enhance integrity in the country.
Mr Richard Quayeson, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ, presented the State of Human Rights Report of the country for the year under review and outlined some challenges facing the Commission regarding the implementation of NACAP.
He urged the government to address the low stakeholder participation in the implementation of NACAP and called on government to ensure all Ministries, Departments and Agencies implement actions in the Action Plan, the need to resource all anti-corruption institutions in order to reduce corruption and promote integrity in public offices.
Mr Antonio Gutierrez, the United Nations Secretary-General’s report to mark the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and 15th anniversary of the United Nations Convention against Corruption was read at the meeting by Ambassador Evans Klock, the UN Resident Representative to Ghana.
The World Economic Forum estimated that the cost of corruption is at least 2.6 trillion dollars, representing five per cent of the global domestic product, while the World Bank says one trillion dollars is paid in bribes by businesses annually.
Why Yvonne Nelson Did Not Attend John Dumelo’s Wedding
Over the weekend, actor John Dumelo had his white wedding at Royal Senchi and that had been one of the most trending news till now.
Several celebrities trooped to the event grounds to support the couple but one person missing in action was his ex bestie Yvonne Nelson.
From the pictures and videos circulating online, we had seen Nadia Buari who happened to be the main bride’s maid, Yvonne Okoro, Sandra Ankobiah, Jackie Appiah and several others.
Yvonne Nelson who was missing even though she was in the country sent a very strong message across. Were they fighting thus she didn’t go? Were there issues between the two so John didn’t invite her?
Well, according to Yvonne Okoro, John invited Yvonne Nelson to his white wedding but there was a family emergency and she had to cancel at the last minute.
That’s what Yvonne Okoro explained to a fan who asked why her colleague Yvonne Nelson was nowhere to be found.
Even if Yvonne Nelson had an emergency to attend to, it’s been almost 48 hours after the event but she hasn’t made a single post to congratulate her bosom friend John but she has made a series of posts both on her Instagram page and story.
This is where we think there is something wrong; the two paddies might probably be quarreling thus she didn’t attend his wedding and hasn’t posted anything yet. Let’s see if she will post eventually.
Here’s a screenshot of Yvonne Okoro telling a fan the reason why Yvonne Nelson couldn’t make it to John’s wedding.
Mrs. Akua O. Boateng Appointed As Ghana University Student Chamber Patron.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration of the Republic of Ghana has assigned Mrs. Akua Ofosua Boateng, Assistant Director IIB/Multilateral Relations Bureau at the Ministry as Patron/Advisor for the University Student Chamber-Ghana.
The Ministry made this known in a letter dated 29th April, 2019 addressed to the President of the University Student Chamber-Ghana, Mr. Addo Benjamin Armah.
UNISC Ghana had written to the Ministry requesting it to appoint one person to the position of a Patron/Advisor of the organization.
The Ministry assured UNISC Ghana of its highest consideration and in fulfilling their request appointed Mrs. Akua Ofosua Boateng, a selfless, devoted and determined woman, who tries her best to make the best out of anything!
PREMPEH COLLEGE 2018/19 PREFECTS GIVES BACK TO PREMPEH COLLEGE
It seems to be a characteristic of all those who have the green blood flowing through them because what they seem to have very little difficulty in doing aside great academics and well behaved gentlemen, they seem to find a way to always give back. One may ask whether Prempeh College teaches “donation” as part of its major courses because everyone seems to have passed the test.
What happened this time round?
It seems the prefects of the 2018/2019 academic year have proved to be really worthy of that title.
The team as part of its hand over decided to show its sports men gratitude for beating their rivals(Opoku Ware School) and all other schools in Ashanti Region and proving that Prempeh College comes first and is never second to anyone in any competition.
The Prefects were grateful to the sports men for winning the Inter-Colleges but were more than overwhelmed when they topped it up with winning the Superzonals which had been one title the college had been waiting for a long time.
The 2018/2019 team of prefects launched their project to show its rivals how a project looks when we talk of internal house affairs which usually excluded aesthetics.
The team of Prefects led by the Domestic Headboy, Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi and Senior House Prefect, Snr. Boansi Divine; launched the donation of jerseys with a football match on the 13th of April, 2019 on the College Stadium.
The Prefects had gone through a balloting for the various team members led by various captains who happen to be Snr. Agyemang Akwasi Prempeh (College Prefect I), Snr. Nti Darkwah Koduah (College Prefect II), Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi (College Prefect III) and Snr. Divine Boansi (College Prefect IV). Who upon their great prestige, decided to sweat it all out to defend their teams and lead them to victory.
The matches were tough as most of the prefects seemed to have hidden strength and skill stored up in a bank waiting for an opportunity to unleash them under a wonderful project such as this. After four (4) hours of football, good music and commentary, the captain of the side; Snr. Neizer Dennis Kofi, won the tournament after beating Team Divine 5-4 on a penalty shootout.
Winning Captain and Project’s Manager, Snr. Neizer tells us “we know our boys are very good in the field of sports but we really want to prove ourselves better by making sure we provide all the facilities the sports men need to help us excel in all the fields leaving nothing out. As such, we have realized we have fallen short in the field of soccer and deem it fit to try with all resources possible to better that side of our great sports department. I hope those boys over there will learn to make the engine run better without “huffing and puffing” rather than trying to spray the vehicle itself with a different colour. I pray this initiative goes a long to motivate my seniors to do more and also serve as an excellent template for the next batch of prefects to also translate from. Thank you”
Speaking in a meeting with the headmaster, the Prefects were happy that their kind gesture was upheld by the whole College body which came to support during the match to make everything successful. Above all, they are happy about the unity that was created and pray that this becomes a humble beginning to a longer flight of stairs towards greatness.
We wish all the final years a successful WASSCE in the few weeks ahead as they round up their stay on campus.
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