Emile Short lauds Integrity Awards

Former boss of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Mr Emile Short, has applauded a suggestion that Integrity Awards be initiated by the presidency to recognise and celebrate incorruptible officials.

“It is a good idea and my expectation is that the president will launch the idea so that this idea will be embraced by all institutions and the public,” he told Joy FM’s Kojo Yankson on the Super Morning Show Tuesday.

Mr Short proposed that the modalities be made available as to “whether the government is going to establish an independent committee that will be tasked with the responsibility of identifying individuals in various institutions, both private or public, that have demonstrated integrity or …various institutions would set up an independent committee of bodies that will identify incorruptible individuals and grant them integrity awards.”

Government Advisor on governance and corruption, Daniel Batidam, at a regional dialogue on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan, told stakeholders in the Brong Ahafo Region that the suggestion was made to the presidency for consideration.

“We must go back to our roots, if today we are talking a lot about corruption, it is also a good thing because we are saying this is not us, this is not our values. We are different from that, but what are we? That is where we must begin to realise the importance of the people who stand up for who and what we think we are,” he said.

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