Combating corruption IEA demands accountability from heads of anti-corruption institutions

The IEA has asked heads of various anti-corruption institutions to show commitment in fighting corruption.

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Executive Director of IEA, Jean Mensah

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The Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) has called for accountability from heads of the various anti-corruption bodies to fight against corruption.

According to the IEA, those state-funded institutions must be blamed for the seeming failure in the fight against corruption.

Executive Director of the Institute, Jean Mensah, cited the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Auditor General’s Department and the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament are among institutions whose heads must be questioned over the increasing perception of corruption in Ghana.

"It is a well known fact that there is no shortage of institutions and laws to confront this canker. The courts, the police, the CHRAJ, the EOCO and the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament and the Auditor-General's office are but a few of the state agencies that have a corruption-fighting mandate."

“It is about time the heads of these institutions are held accountable for their stewardship.”

“After all, it is the tax payers’ money – yours and mine – that go to support them and their institutions.”

Speaking at a corruption conference held in Accra Tuesday, Mrs Mensah indicated that "our tolerance for corruption as a nation has grown to alarming levels."

The theme for the conference is "Purging the nation of corruption-Demanding accountability from Public Institutions." The conference among other things is to recommend possible ways of "strengthening anti-corruption institutions and to give them teeth."

Meanwhile, Chairman of the conference and Metropolitan Archbishop of the Catholic Church, Gabriel Palmer-Buckle said like the cynic philosopher, Ghana must begin the search for honest men.

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