“Government is not committed to passing the Right to Information Bill before the end of 2018,” Volta Regional Penplusbytes Metogu Report

Ho – Thursday 12th July 2018

The Penplusbytes Metogu! Project engagement makes its final destination in the Volta Region, Ho on Thursday 12 July 2018 where the project’s team and coordinators will provide citizens of the region an opportunity to discuss significant outcomes from the METOGU! Anti-corruption research.

The Ho engagement will be the final but not the last regional engagement as the Metogu! Project is still in progress. This engagement is in line with the activities scheduled by Penplusbytes to engage citizens, the media and key stakeholders in the selected project regions to share the findings of the Metogu! (Keep the pressure on) Anti-corruption research.

The Volta Region served as one of the Metogu research locations and was selected as a project region because it is the stronghold of the present minority party in parliament. This was carefully done to capture varied and balanced thoughts in comparison to the other selected project locations, which are considered to have a strong affinity towards the ruling political party. Surprisingly, the Volta Region was the only region with the least perception of corruption in Ghana with 93.2% of the respondents claiming that corruption was high in Ghana compared to the national average of 95%.

According to Kwami Ahiabenu II, Executive Director of Penplusbytes, “this research seeks to present hope to the ordinary citizen, help them to understand the damaging effects of corruption and how they can be involved to end this canker in our society,” he further added.

The Metogu (Keep the pressure on) is a 2-year Penplusbytes’ Project with support from the UK-AID funded “Strengthening Action against Corruption” (STAAC) programme. The project aims at creating awareness among citizens on government interventions to fight corruption and create pathways for citizens to hold government to account to deliver on its promises.

In the Volta Region, the anti-corruption research was carried out in the following selected districts: the Ho Municipal Assembly , North Tongu District Assembly and Adaklu District Assembly.

The METOGU Project report is downloadable via www.penplusbytes.org/metogu

 

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