Participants at the workshop in a group photo with organizers
The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has organized a training workshop for Small and Medium size Enterprises (SMEs) on their role in the fight against corruption in the country.
The workshop which was on the theme: Enhancing the roles of SMEs in the fight against corruption is aimed at bridging the knowledge gap that exists in the private sector on corruption.
According to GACC, the private sector which is the engine of growth of the economy is gravely affected by corruption.
Based on this backdrop, they found it necessary to organize the workshop for the SMEs to educate them on how to successfully defend themselves in a corrupt business environment.
About 30 representatives from the SMEs participated in the training and are expected to impact what they have learnt into other members in their respective companies.
The participants were schooled on what constitutes corruption, the punishment they are likely to face when they are caught engaging in corrupt deals and the appropriate agencies to report to when they fall victim.
The resource person at the workshop, Estelle Appiah who is a former Director of Legislative Drafting at the Attorney General’s Department bemoaned the level of commitment on the part of government in fighting corruption in the country.
She said corruption has almost become a part of the Ghanaian society because it seems people cannot get things done if they don’t bribe their way through.
Mrs. Appiah noted that the only anti-corruption mechanism needed in Ghana is willingness, ability and readiness on the apart of government to curb the menace.
"Anti-corruption laws can only be passed if there is political will but the legislators are concerned they may fall victims of the laws they pass" she added.
The Legislative Counsel Consultant maintained that anti-corruption institutions find it very difficult to operate because there is too much political interference and nepotism in the country.
Estelle Appiah called on government to demonstrate its commitment in dealing with the canker that is crippling Ghana’s image.
Some participants who spoke to Myjoyonline.com after the programme say they have been enlightened on their role in fighting corruption in the country.
A woman who is a retailer in the textile industry expressed shock to know that most of the things they normally do to get their goods into the country amount to corruption.
They promised to put what they have learnt into practice to contribute their quota in the fight against corruption.