By Elizabeth Baah
Tema, Sept. 22,
GNA - The National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) has engaged residents
of Tema Community One Padmore Electoral Area on issues of accountability
and good environmental governance.
In an interview
with the Ghana News Agency, Mr. Isaac Kwame Antwi, Tema Metropolitan Director,
NCCE, said the programme aimed at sensitizing the people on the negative impact
of corruption on national development
and how to safeguard the environment.
He said the
NCCE's, Anti- Corruption Action Plan (ARAP) in collaboration with the
Environmental Protection Agency and other stakeholders, decided to bring the
programme to the doorstep of the residents.
He said they
made use of local opinion leaders to disseminate information to the community
“We brought the
programne to the door step of the people by engaging the Assembly man and
opinion leaders so that they will share what they have heard here to the others
and for them to know that, corruption real and it is either we suffer from it
or come together and find solutions to
it, ” he said.
He said the
exercise formed part of Accountability, Rule of Law and Anti-Corruption program
initiated by the NCCE to deal with corruption related issues in the country.
began with communal labour early in the morning to enhancing good sanitation
practices before the main exercise
Kpodo, who represented the Accra East Regional Director of the EPA, said
unplanned settlements, indiscipline, negative attitude towards the environment,
non-compliance with environmental regulations and inadequate collaboration
between traditional authorities and Metropolitan, Municipal, and District
Assembly (MMDAs) in the allocation of land, were concerns mostly expressed in
the Metropolis adding that such gatherings were crucial to good environmental
He said to
ensure good environmental governance, the EPA was implementing the
‘Environmental Impact Assess Regulation’ LI 1652, as an effective tool to
prevent hazardous developments in the communities.
him, EPA in collaboration with other organizations had developed standards that
must be strictly adhered to for effluent discharges, ambient air quality and
point source emissions, noise control, weighted sound levels, and motor vehicle emissions adding that
anyone caught contraveneing these standards would be prosecuted.
He said solid
waste handling was a nagging issue and seemed to have eluded total solution
except to be managed on ad hoc basis.
He stated that
solid waste was one of the critical challenges facing the country especially
for the MMDAs as urbanization and industrialization had turned the waste
situation into an albatross.
him, proper solid waste management was the central pillar in creating
Owusu Bempah, the Tema Regional Commander, Mottor Traffic and Transport
Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service
(MTTD), said Ghana had enacted a number of legislations to deal with the
issue of corruption, including the Whistleblower Act which sought to encourage
persons with information about public and private persons who engaged in acts
of impropriety, and abuse of office to report to the appropriate places.
He said the Act
stipulated the types of information that could be disclosed, persons entitled
to make disclosures, individuals and institutions that qualified to receive
He noted that
the act provides some form of protection and immunity from the criminal
prosecution in instances where the whistle blower knew and believed that the
information given was truthful.
“A person who
makes a disclosure referred to as whistle blower must make sure what he or she
is going to say is factual and not to make assumptions. If you are a whistle
blower and you make such assumptions, you are not protected under the law, ” he