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Regional News of Wednesday, 25 September 2019

Source: ghananewsagency.org

NCCE holds community durbar on Accountability and Environmental Governance at Ningo

The National Commission for Civic Education The National Commission for Civic Education

The Ningo-Prampram District office of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE) has held a community durbar on Public Accountability and Environmental Governance for residents in Old Ningo, in the Greater Accra Region.

The durbar was to sensitize the community on the dangers of corruption, bribery and other social vices.

In her welcoming address, Miss Gifty Agyeiwaa Badu, Ningo-Prampram District Director of the NCCE, noted that the Commission had a responsibility to educate the public on the dangers of corruption.

According to her, the menace had engulfed all facets of the national economy.

Miss Badu explained that every citizen had the responsibility to lead a responsible life hence the need to organize the community durbar to whip up interest of citizens to demand accountability from public officeholders.

Touching on Environmental Governance, the chairman for the durbar, Reverend Gamaliel Katey Anato-Ocansey, Minister in charge of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Emmanuel Congregation at Old Ningo, noted that, over the years, human activities had depleted the natural environment thus putting human life in danger.

Reverend Anato-Ocansey again explained that citizens must adopt good and healthy sanitation practices saying it was wrong to practice open defecation.

He quoted Deuteronomy 23 vs 12-14 as evidence that the Bible despised open defecation.

He called on the citizens to help make the world a better place for all creatures.

Mr. Samuel Akwetey Otoo, an Investigator for the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Dodowa District, stated that residents had an obligation to help fight corruption by reporting such individuals to the appropriate authorities.

He noted that the Whistle-Blowers Act frowned on corruption and gave protection to the whistleblower.

Mr. Otoo explained that corruption was impeding development as resources which could be used to develop the country ended up in some people's pockets.

He further added that a whistleblower was entitled to 10 per cent of the money retrieved from a corrupt act.

The residents were given the opportunity to ask the resource person questions as they shared their concerns.

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