SENSITIZATON WORKSHOP ON NATIONAL ANTI-CORRUPTION ACTION PLAN
A sensitization program on National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) was organized for the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) by the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) on Tuesday, 13 February 2018. The program which sought to build the capacity of the FDA to fight corruption both in the institution and in Ghana as a whole was attended by the Governing Board of the FDA and members of the Strategic Management of the Authority. The workshop covered areas such as the definition, causes, effects and measures to control corruption in the country. Mr. Richard A. Quayson, the Deputy Commissioner of CHRAJ and the facilitator of the program, defined corruption from the point of view of the NACAP as the “misuse of entrusted power for private gain.” However, Corruption under the Criminal Offences Act (Act 29) 1960 is limited to bribery in its various forms, thus bribery of a public officer, bribery by a public officer, receiving a bribe before doing an act and promise of a bribe. It was noted, that causes of corruption in Ghana are many and varied, prominent among them are institutional weaknesses, insufficient enforcement of laws and poor ethical standards including limited commitment to the values of integrity and self-discipline.
He further stated that other factors that were peculiar to institutions were lack of effective corruption reporting systems, absence of good record-keeping and poor management practices. On the effects of corruption, he revealed, that it basically hindered the development of the country. Provision of poor quality services, undermining or weakening of institutions for democracy and good governance, weakening of professionalism, increased costs of business, and destruction of merit-based competition amongst others were examples of hindrances of development.
As a way forward or solutions to corruption, Mr. Quayson reminded the Authority of the power it has as an institutional body to fight corruption. He advised the Authority to put in place systems and measures to serve as a check for officers and dissuade them from corruption. He touched on systems such as declaration of assets before appointment as senior staff or management member, good management practice and good record keeping as measures to combat corruption by the institution.
The Board Chairman of FDA, Dr. Sammy Ohene, commended CHRAJ for the needful and timely workshop as well as a good presentation on NACAP. In reaction to the above recommendations, he stated that FDA would put measures and systems in place to fight corruption which would eventually help build FDA and develop Ghana.