RECENTLY GHANA was ranked among the most corrupt countries in the world and with such poor ratings; the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) said it was rolling out a nationwide anti-corruption campaign to school Ghanaians.
The move was occasioned by and premised on our poor performance in the 2017 Corruption Perception Index (CPI), where we were ranked 81 out of 180 countries in the Index released on Wednesday, February 21, 2018, by Transparency International.
In that report, we dropped 11 places in the process as it (Ghana) was scored 40 as against last year’s score of 43 and such represents our worst performance in the last six years in its fight against the canker.
“We are rolling out what we call the ARAP — accountability, rule of law, and anti-corruption programme. It is from the NACAP — that is, National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, that we have rolled out this ARAP,” the Ashanti Regional Director of the NCCE, Wilson Arthur, said, explaining the programme is being rolled out with funding from the European Union.
According to him, they have already had a training workshop for all the 216 NCCE offices in the districts, including the regions and headquarters on corruption and accountability.
“After that they will be going out and educate Ghanaians on the need for accountability [and] why we should eschew corruption and also why we should make sure that the rule of law pertains in Ghana,” he stated.
Per its mandate, the Commission established in 1993 under the National Commission for Civic Education Act, 1993 (Act 452) is mandated under Act 452 to create and sustain within the society the awareness of the principles and objectives of the Constitution as the fundamental law of the people of Ghana.
It is also to, among other things, “educate and encourage the public to defend the Constitution at all times, against all forms of abuse and violation; to formulate for the consideration of Government, from time to time, programmes at the national, regional and district levels aimed at realising the objectives of the Constitution.”
But, we at the DAILY HERITAGE are much concerned about the fact that the Commission, which is funded primarily with taxpayer’s money, appears not to be disharging its mandate as expected.
The commission has over the years, apart from government funding, had major sponsors, including the European Union, the UNDP and the Hanns Seidel Foundation of Germany, yet many programmes of its programmes are not being prosecuted as expected and so are not yielding the desired results.
The Commission, we are told, has a staff strength of approximately 1,700 who are present in every district in the country and have constant engagement and interaction with the people, but are we where we want to be?
We want to appeal to all public-spirited Ghanaian to ensure that it give us effective independent governance institution delivering civic education to all Ghanaians and working towards sustaining Ghana’s democracy.