Bureau for Internal Affairs (BIA), an anti corruption agency, on Tuesday commended President John Dramani Mahama for launching a code of ethics for government appointees to set the pace for accountable governance.
BIA also lauded the Head of State for directing the Attorney General and Minister of Justice to investigate and prosecute public officials cited by the Auditor General’s Report for misappropriation of public funds.
A statement issued by Ms Celia Petu-Stiles, Director, Research and Monitoring of the Bureau in Accra and copied to Ghana News Agency, said the difficulty the economy is facing is artificial and can be corrected if proper measures are place.
It noted that corruption has become a high syndicate operation involving some people in responsible positions, who are mandated to check the practice, “but are rather neck deep in the crime”.
“Some public officials are deliberating creating administrative lapses to loot national resources through bribery. Some also connive with importers, clearing agents and tax payers to evade payment of revenue due to the State.
“The public has lost confidence in some of the institutions mandated to check corruption, due to the personal interest of some officials to perpetuate the act,” the statement said.
BIA called for the early passage of the Right to Information Bill to assist whistle blowers to get access to information and to be able to go public with cases of corruption.
The statement expressed the need for the security agencies to protect anyone who exposes corrupt practices.
“BIA will be grateful if the President mount an exercise to police the activities of state institutions mandated to check corruption to make sure they are up and doing.”
The statement called on the public to join the government in its crusade against corruption as “we can all fall victim to the effects of corrupt practices as a nation.
BIA is a centre for information gathering on public concerns with the aim of bridging the communication gap between the public and the authorities on issues negatively affecting the nation. GNA