Takoradi – Thursday 4th July 2018
Penplusbytes anti-corruption train will make a stop in the Western Regional Capital of Takoradi on Thursday 4 July 2018 where the project team will provide citizens of the region an opportunity to discuss key findings from the Penplusbytes’ (www.penplusbytes.org) METOGU! Anti-corruption research.
The Takoradi engagement follows in the trail of a successful launch of the Metogu anti-corruption report in Accra and regional engagement in Kumasi and it forms part of scheduled activities earmarked by Penplusbytes to engage citizens, the media and other stakeholders in the selected project regions to share the final findings of the Metogu (Keep the pressure on) anti-corruption research.
The Western Region served as one of the Metogu research locations and was chosen as a project region based on previous elections results. This is due to the fact that the region tends to be a “swing” region in terms of not strictly aligned to any of the leading political parties. Hence their contributions were varied and divergent.
From the research findings, a majority of the respondents (97.5%) in the Western Region were of the view that corruption is very high in Ghana, which corresponds to the national average of 96% of all citizens who think corruption is high in Ghana.
According to Kwami Ahiabenu II, Executive Director, Penplusbytes, citizens perception of corruption is progressively increasing and becoming rampant in the daily lives of Ghanaians even though various attempts are being made to tackle the problem. This research brings to the fore some of the root causes of corruption and provides solutions on how to fight corruption from a citizens’ perspective.
“The Western Regional engagement on the research findings will seek to create an avenue for citizens to interrogate the findings of the research and further proffer recommendations on the best approach to adopt by government, civil society and citizens dialogue on regional basis the findings of the Metogu (Keep the pressure on) anti-corruption research.” Mr. Ahiabenu 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 their promises.
In the Western Region, the anti-corruption research was carried out in the following selected districts: the Mpohor Wassa East District Assembly (MWEDA), Shama District Assembly (SADA) and Sekondi Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA)
The METOGU Project report is downloadable via www.penplusbytes.org/metogu
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