Ghanaians in Nigeria want their nationals to support home Govt’s anti-graft war
They said that Africans countries should make their anti-corruption laws to be stringent on whoever found guilty of corruption and other related offences.
Recently, Ghana Government signaled its commitment to amend some sections of the criminal offences Act, 1960 to make corruption a felony, instead of a misdemeanor.
The Ghanaians made this known in Abuja on Wednesday during separate interviews.
Some of the Ghanaians in their reactions told NAN that the initiative would go a long way to strengthen economic relationship between their country and other countries of the world.
Dr Stephen Kwadwo, a proprietor of a school in Abuja said it is important for African countries to begin to amend their old constitutions.
He said that Africans countries should make their anti-corruption laws to be stringent on whoever found guilty of corruption and other related offences.
“I am proud of my country for coming out with this initiative to amend sections of the criminal offences Act to make corruption a felony.
“We have talked enough, it is time to see it happen and this cannot happen unless the constitution is amended and now that Ghana is taking the lead, I am glad.
“Corruption should not be seen by people as a normal thing, it is a serious offence and it should be treated as such to restrict people from engaging in corruption.’’
Similarly, Mr Jasper Kwabena, Head of an International Conglomerate within Africa countries said that the initiative would help Ghanaians and other Africans to fight corruption and earn international respect.
“If this law is enacted into our constitution as felony, it will enable other countries to have peace of mind and confidence in transacting businesses with Africans."
“I urge Nigerian government to take a queue from Ghana on this particular issue."
"We need to take drastic punishments against anyone who commits economic and other related offences, especially financial impropriety,’’ he said.
Also, Stephen Kwame, a photographer at the Ghana Embassy said that the initiative would help the youth to know that it was better to work hard than to be engaging in financial impropriety.
The measure is part of the Ghana’s government to make corruption unattractive in the country.
The government emphasised its determination to fight corruption at the launch of “Good Corporate Governance Initiative” by the Action Chapel International in Accra.
The Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, said “we will amend relevant sections of the criminal offences Act, 1960 (Act 29)".
He said in particular, sections 3:151 and 239 to 257 of its 1960constitution to make corruption a felony rather than a misdemeanor.
Bawumia said that the government was determined to strictly enforce the Public Procurement Act, (Act 663) to ensure transparency.
He reiterated that the Act, in his opinion, was most abused and, therefore, there was the need to bring sanity into the public procurement.
The vice president said there was the need for transparency, the bidding process needed to be made public on the website so that everybody would know who was bidding and how much.
“The resort to sole sourcing of contracts is now the rule rather than the exception, the way the Act was designed, sole sourcing was not supposed to be as rampant as it is today,” he said.
“It will help us. It will help Ghana and it will help emphasise the issue of value for money,” he said.
The U.S. Ambassador to Ghana, Ambassador Robert Jackson, said corruption was a pervasive problem in the world including the United States, adding that the time was ripe to fight against the scourge.
He said the system should be able to prosecute corrupt practices.
Jackson expressed the U.S. willingness to support President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana’s effort to fight corruption.
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