The Executive Director of Institute for Integrated Nature and Economic Development (IINED), Sulemana Aziage, has challenged government to focus on fighting corruption within the judiciary and the Ghana Police Service.
Mr. Sulemana Aziaga noted that their overstay at a particular duty post for more than three years makes them accustomed to the people therefore breeds massive corruption among them and as a result intimacy and favoritism sets in.
“They are used to the people within the community, they become allies thereby cannot effectively perform their professional duties assigned to them.”
He therefore appealed to government to make funds available for their transfer within a maximum period of three years stay at a duty post.
In a telephone interview with Daily Democrat, Mr. Sulemana Aziage said if this programme is well executed, it must also be extended to both public and civil institutions so that productivity will increase for massive economic growth.
According to him, the bureaucracy that is associated with one going through at the police stations just to say “drop something” and at the judicial service, you are asked to pay a fee for services not rendered coupled with other problems associated with processing of documents at government offices leaves much to be desired.
“All these extra payments breed corruption in the system.” He said
Currently Ghana runs seventh on the corruption index in Africa according to Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) report 2016”
He emphasized the need for justice to begin form the grassroots without which the good policies of government would be overshadowed by corruption. The Executive Director suggested that patriotism be included in the curriculum of basic schools so as to see corruption as a national canker that destroys every facet of the economy.
By Vandyck Asante, Ho