The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International, with partnership with the judicial service, has organized a forum on Judicial Processes and Corruption Reporting for chiefs, Media and other stakeholders.
The programme is part of activities under a GIZ funded project dupped "Increasing citizens power to fight Corruption: Contributions of the judicial service" which seeks to promote the numerous interventions introduced by the judiciary to curb corruption as well as promote judicial integrity and public confidence in the judicial institution , other activities under this initiative include media engagement, mounting of billboards that will serve as publicity tools for the service and a National conference for the judiciary.
Mrs Linda Ofori-Kwafo, GII Executive Director, said the programme was to collaborate with state institutions to deliver their mandate and the collaborations such as this one is what the country needs to build the national integrity systems every Ghanaian is hoping for.
She added that, “It is the hope of GII that, other public sector institutions will see CSOs as collaborators and partners of development. We pray that the knowledge of the people of Ghana on judicial process will be enhanced”.
“As a people, we have gotten use to only engaging the judiciary in court where either our fate as is being decided or our rights are being vindicated. GII therefore considers this occasion as a novelty for which we pray it is sustained to deepen Ghana's democratic credentials amongst the league of civilised democratic nations”, she added.
GII building on previous work done believes that it is important that citizens are made aware of Judicial processes. It is in line of the above that GII and the Judicial Service has a long-standing relationship through the Public Relations and Complaints Unit (PRCU) aimed at promoting transparency, education citizens on relevant issues and addressing complaints.
GII in partnership with the Judicial Service is organizing six outreach campaigns. The campaigns seek to promote the efforts made by the Service to combat corruption in the Judiciary while simultaneously educating the public on corruption reporting mechanisms (such as GII’s IPAIDABRIBE, Eye on Corruption and ALAC platforms and the Judicial Service’s PRCU) along with several laws that are mandated to protect witnesses reporting corruption.
The first set of community engagements is scheduled for Tuesday, October 06 to Wednesday, October 07, 2020 in Kumasi and Konongo in the Ashanti Region and a hundred people will participate in each of the activity. The second and third set of engagements will take place in the Western and Northern regions