A Principal Investigator at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Madam Fidelia Owusu Konadu has hinted that Ghana losses 13.8 billion cedis to corruption every year which was not a good sign of winning the corruption fight.
She observed that the fight against corruption should be a collective effort where Ghanaians can report cases to appropriate quarters for perpetrators to be dealt with accordingly.
Madam Konadu, who was speaking on Spice Fm, local radio in Takoradi’s morning show program attributed the practice of the canker to some cultural practices, poverty, nepotism and favouritism among others.
However, she mentioned that the government’s introduction of digitalization agenda can help curb the fight against corruption.
According to her, the introduction of digital platforms in administrative activities carried out by the government and private firms can reduce the high numbers of corruption.
She mentioned the introduction of clocking in of workers as a proper means to ensure and track the regularity and punctuality of workers in both private and public workplaces.
Madam Konadu also enumerated that CHRAJ has the mandate of identifying and sealing loopholes in both private and public enterprises to curb corrupt activities perpetrated by officials.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) led-government has introduced some interventions such as mobile money interoperability, digital renewal of National Health Insurance, implementation of the digital address system among others.
These, according to the government have significantly improved the economic and social lives of Ghanaians even though some Ghanaians disagree with this assertion.
However, mobile and cloud technologies, big data and the internet of things offer unimaginable opportunities, driving growth, improvement of citizens’ lives and efficiency to many areas including health services, transportation, energy, agriculture, manufacturing, retail and public administration.