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E.TV launches anti - corruptions campaign

Etv Ghana, Happy FM and Anigye FM, all subsidiaries of Global Media Alliance (GMA), in collaboration with the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC), have launched 'Speak Up', an anti-corruption campaign aimed at educating Ghanaians on the anti-corruption laws of Ghana, especially the Whistleblower Act 2006, Act 720.

The 'Speak Up' project, an accountability media watch initiative, is aimed at encouraging Ghanaians to stand and speak against of all sorts of corruption, particularly, in the education and health sectors. It is to improve transparency and accountability in these two primary sectors.


The project will cover the Greater Accra, Ashanti, and Western regions, through live radio and television discussions on corruption, starting January 2014.


This will be a purely interactive project, where the public can submit comments and questions on the Whistleblower Act, and corruption generally, by calling into the show, sending text messages to the short-code 1721 on all networks, and 1821 on Airtel, as well engaging on the project's official facebook page.


Dr. Emmanuel Akwetey, Executive Director of the Institute of Democratic Governance (IDEG), who chaired the launch, asked the organisers to acquire the knowledge and skills to adequately collaborate with the implementing agencies and stakeholders who are key to the success of the project.


He noted that corruption had now become a culture which must not be tolerated. He continued that while we must speak up against all forms of corruption, it is important for agencies and institutions to act up to stamp it out, noting that these institutions must also be well-resourced to carry out their mandate.


Mrs. Rosemond Aryeetey, Head of Corporate Communications at Global Media Alliance, in an interview, said, "As a media company with a fervent belief and passion to effect change in the community where we operate, we deem it a great responsibility to take up, own, and drive the education and awareness on corruption and the anti-corruption laws in Ghana, so that people will be informed and empowered to boldly speak up against this canker. We are pleased to be partnering the GACC on this project, and we look forward to empowering Ghanaians stand against corruption to build a better nation."


Mrs. Beauty Narteh, Communications Officer of the GACC, encouraged the media to be at the forefront of the education drive on anti-corruption. She lauded the GMA for the initiative and partnering the GACC to fulfill its mandate.


Mr. Ibrahim-Tanko Amidu, Programmes Manager of STAR-Ghana, which is funding the project, noted that the issue of national development cannot be achieved by one agency, and that partnerships and collaborations were the sure paths to national development.


He advised the media to stay committed to thoroughly discussing, following up, and following through on probing and investigating corruption issues to its finite conclusion, instead of the touch and go approach currently in practice.


The Speak Up project is a 14-month project, which will end in November 2014.

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