Chief Executive Officer of Socioserve-Ghana an NGO, Mrs Josephine Sackey, says corruption is the greatest evil of our time and has become a household name in Ghana.
According to her, every Ghanaian whether old or young now agrees that corruption had eaten deep into our society and has widened inequality, created distortion and destroyed all constructive efforts at good governance leaving the the poor and less privileged to suffer the most.
Mrs Sackey stated this at the launch of the “Together against Corruption” Project at Kpong which seeks to help build citizens’ capacity to fight corruption in their engagements with the Police. It is also to help increase the responsiveness of the Police Administration to cases of corruption involving Police Officers.
Corruption, according to the Transparency International is the abuse of entrusted power for private gain. This could manifest in ways such as bribery, fraud, conflict of interest, favoritism, extortion, cronyism and abuse of discretion.
Mrs Sackey said, the Ghana Police Service was one of the most critical institutions entrusted with the power to ensure the rule of law and safety of every Ghanaian irrespective of your economic and social status.
“However, she added that public perception of corruption within the Ghana Police Service has not been favourable as revealed by a number of research works like surveys conducted by the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).
She noted that “It is time, we all worked together to change this perception and this will require a multi stakeholder approach.”
Director-General Police Public Affairs, ACP David Eklu, said the “Together Against Corruption” project was different from other projects because the Police Service was also a partner in its implementation. ACP Eklu said the Ghana
Police Service was undergoing transformation to become a world class police of renowned global standard.