The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS) on Wednesday April 15, 2015 climaxed its 36th Management Week celebration with a thoroughly educative and enlightening session at the R.S Amegatse Auditorium under the theme “Accountability and Corruption: Building Integrity of Ghanaian Public Institutions”.
Prof. Samuel Agyei- Mensah, Provost, College of Humanities and Chairman for the session, confirmed UGBS as the best in the country and the West African sub-region. He remarked on the theme’s relevance and timeliness in seeking answers to right the ills of corruption and called for both strong men and strong institutions to end corruption and promote development.
Speaking at the session, Prof. Joshua Yindenaba Abor, Dean of UGBS, said this year’s Management Day provides a unique platform for stakeholders to discuss issues of accountability and corruption in Ghanaian public institutions as well as make recommendations for promoting accountability and transparency in Ghanaian public institutions.
Guest Speaker for the session, His Lordship Justice Yaw Appau, Sole Commissioner-Judgment Debt Commission, in his keynote presentation, bemoaned the lack of accountability in public institutions as the grounds for corruption.
According to him, public institutions have been left off the hook when it comes to accountability and probity and that has inevitably led to an upsurge in corruption, adding that corruption is the antithesis of accountability hence the absence of accountability will definitely breed corruption.
Justice Appau mentioned the lack of sanctions and the admiration and lauding of corrupt officials unwittingly by the citizenry, amongst others, as contributing factors to the upsurge in corruption and urged all, especially those in the public sector, to imbibe integrity and to desist from corrupt practices.
Hon. Albert Kan-Dapaah, a former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee who spoke on the sub-theme, “Accountability and Corruption: The Role of Public Sector Financial Management System, said the rise in corruption is due to the absence of political will coupled with laxity in enforcing key accountability arrangements and procedures.
According to him, the Auditor General’s department which wields the mandate to audit public accounts must enforce its mandate and should be independent in all standards so as to ensure a great deal of accountability.
Prof. Duah Agyemang a former Auditor General who gave a submission on “Leadership, Governance and Public Sector Corruption”, said in dealing with corruption, there must exist an independent state prosecuting authority resourced and given the clout to prosecute all forms of malfeasance in the public sector.
Some powers of the Executive arm of government, he said, must be trimmed with its mandate to appoint heads of public institutions reviewed.
The session had in attendance past heads of various sectors of the University of Ghana, Deans of UGBS, Faculty and staff, students, dignitaries from civil and governmental organizations and media personnel.
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