EU Mark Closure Of ARAP Programme In Ghana

The European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Diana Acconcia The European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Diana Acconcia

The European Union Ambassador to Ghana, Diana Acconcia, has bemoaned difficulties in fighting corruption in the country, in spite of its negative impact on the economy.

She suggested the strengthening of institutions to tackle the canker head on.

According to Madam Acconcia, having the political will, is not enough to deal with the menace, except it is backed by strong institution.

Madam Acconcia, stated this at the closing ceremony of the Accountability Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption Programme, ARAP, in Accra.

The Accountability, Rule of law and Anti-corruption Programme, ARAP, is an European Union, EU, funded programme, implemented by the Spanish public foundation FIIAPP.

The five year programme was implemented in 2016 and will end in 2021 worth 20 million Euros from the EU to help fight against corruption in Ghana.

The EU Ambassador to Ghana, Madam Acconcia, expressed gratitude to all stakeholders in helping in the fight against corruption and a successful project.

A Deputy Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education, NCCE, Samuel Akuamoah, pledged that the Commission will continue to educate the public on the need to fight corruption in the country.

He noted that fighting corruption is a shared responsibility and every citizen must have keen interest in fighting against it to promote the socio-economic development of the country.

Mr Akuamoah, expressed gratitude to the European Union in supporting the NCCE for carrying their flagship programmes such as Social Auditing, Matters of Concern to the Ghanaian Voter, and Constitution Week, among others.

He called for strengthening of accountability mechanisms at the local level for the citizenry to feel part of the governance process and contribute meaningfully towards development.

ARAP, has provided technical assistance and capacity development to key institutions in the criminal justice sector to promote good governance, enhance accountability and ensure compliance with the Rule of Law.

The Programme worked directly with the Judicial Service, Office of the Attorney General, Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice, Legal Aid Commission, National Commission for Civic Education, Ghana Police Service, Economic and Organised Crime Office and the Environmental Protection Agency.

Source: By Paul Mamattah