Hundreds of Ghanaians on Wednesday, joined the Musicians Union of Ghana (MUSIGA) and Star-Ghana on an anti-corruption campaign walk in an effort to create awareness to ensure a corruption-free society.
The exercise held under the theme “Let’s Fight Corruption Now!” was attended by leaders of MUSIGA, officials from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Ghana Integrity Initiative, as well as Civil Society Organisations.
Participants who were led through some principal streets in the capital by personnel from the Ghana Police Service, latter converged at the Arts Centre where they were addressed by their leaders.
They held placards with many inscriptions like; piracy is corruption, stop corruption now, be a whistle blower, report corruption, corruption pervades all levels of power, payola and soli are corruption, among others.
In an interview with the media on the side-line of the campaign, Mr Bice Osei, President of MUSIGA, said it was time citizens rose and joined the fight against the canker.
“The fight against corruption is not for the NCCE alone, neither is it the job for CHRAJ or other Civic Society Organisations, but one for each and every citizen of this country.
“When you and I decide to become ambassadors to speak against corruption that is the only time we can see progress in our fight against the canker”.
He said the Union embarked on the campaign to draw attention for everybody to make an introspection to enable them identify acts and actions that were tantamount to corruption in order to desist from them.
“People always think that corruption exists only in government agencies or public institutions. If we don’t allow the laws of this country to function, then we will continue to wallow in poverty and corruption.
“We can change presidents for as many as we want, corruption will never cease because corruption is a human activity and therefore requires a change of attitude and mind,” he noted.
Mrs Mary Adjeley Nartey, the Greater Accra Regional Director for CHRAJ, commended the Union for embarking on such a laudable campaign.
She called on citizens to make use of the Whistle Blowers’ Act by furnishing the Commission and other institutions mandated by the state with information of corrupt acts.
“I will urge you to report any financial misappropriation and any other corrupt acts to us or other appropriate institutions and we will investigate to ascertain the truth and ensure that justice takes its cause.
“CHRAJ is there to ensure that people who give information about corrupt acts are protected under the Whistle Blower Act,” she said.
She also urged the Union to through their music propagate the negative impact acts of corruption had on society to ensure that the youth were informed.
Mrs Mercy Essien, the Greater Accra Deputy Director for NCCE on her part said, the Commission would continue to initiate educative programmes that would ensure that the canker was reduced to the barest minimum.
“We have embarked on several campaigns on corruption. For instance, last year we organised a programme called Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-corruption programme. We went to various schools, religious organisations as well as traditional societies to educate them on the negative impact of corruption”.
While applauding MUSIGA for carrying out such an activity, Mrs Essien called on individuals, civil society organisations and other institutions and unions to also regularly embark on such exercise to complement the effort of the Commission.