The University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), on Monday 13th April, 2015, held the first of three events as part of its 36th Management Week Celebrations, organized by its Department of Public Administration and Health Services Management (PAHSM), at its R.S Amegashie Auditorium.
Mr. Vitus Azeem, Executive Director of Ghana Integrity Initiative, and Mr. Manasseh Azure, Joy FM, featured speakers at the event, both spoke on ‘Accountability and Corruption: The Role of CSOs’ and ‘Accountability and Corruption: The Role of the Media’, respectively.
According to Mr. Azeem, corruption, a complex and multifaceted phenomenon which encompasses nepotism, favoritism and tax evasion among others, is a bane to the public good and a drawback on national development.
Ghana’s rankings from Transparency International’s Corruption Perception Index, he said, were deplorable and attributed the appalling performance to a lack of political will and commitment to fight the canker.
He stated Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) could help curb the ills of corruption through public education and evidence-based advocacy, among others. He also recommended that government streamline remunerations to ensure integrity.
He finally urged students to reassess their ranks to weed out corruption.
Speaking on the role of the media in combating corruption and ensuring accountability, Mr. Manasseh Azure, a former recipient of the Ghana Journalists Associations’ Best Journalist Award, said society’s celebration of ill-acquired wealth ensured the entrenchment of corruption.
Maintaining that fighting corruption requires the participation of all societal stakeholders, he urged all to identify their roles and be prepared to stand for their principles. He emphasized that it was the only way to survive the dangers and sacrifices that fighting corruption brings.
Both speakers, meanwhile, concurred on the need for an independent national prosecutor since governments lack the political will to prosecute perpetrators.
The climax of the celebrations themed, ‘Accountability and Corruption: Building the Integrity of Ghanaian Public Institutions’ will come off on Wednesday, 16th April, 2015 and feature several speakers of high repute.
UGBS’s Management Day, first marked in 1980, seeks to bridge the divide between industry and academia through the discussion of relevant thought-provoking themes.
Also present at the event was the immediate past Dean of UGBS and Chair of the occasion, Prof. Kwame Ameyaw Domfeh, who enjoined all to resolve to fight corruption. Others were the Head of PAHSM Department, Dr. Justice Bawole, faculty of UGBS, and media personnel.
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