Advocates for Christ – Ghana, a non-profit Christian professionals group has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to expedite action on the Draft Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2022.
The group says it strongly believes that early passage of the Conduct of Public Officers Bill is essential for promoting accountability and integrity within our public institutions.
According to the group, the urgency to expedite action on the bill cannot be overstated. Stating that delaying the enactment of legislation only perpetuates a culture of impunity and undermines the public’s trust in state institutions.
The call which was contained in a press release issued in Accra yesterday, July 30, 2023, explained it is crucial that our leaders recognize the importance of providing the necessary legal framework to hold public officers accountable for their actions.
The draft Conduct of Public Officers Bill, 2022 when passed into law will represent a significant step towards combating corruption and ensuring responsible conduct among public officers. This legislation aims to establish clear ethical standards, provide guidelines for the conduct of public officers, and establish mechanisms for the enforcement of these standards.
It also introduces substantial penalties for misconduct or breaches of public trust.
Portions of the release read: “In addition to urging the President to prioritize the bill, Advocates for Christ Ghana calls upon civil society organizations and the media to join hands in demanding action.
We believe that collective voices and a united front will exert pressure on our leaders and foster a sense of urgency in bringing this vital legislation to fruition.
We appeal to the President to demonstrate his commitment to fighting corruption and promoting good governance by expediting the process of enacting this bill.
We call upon civil society organizations and the media to collaborate closely, engage in public discourse, and demand prompt action.
We finally call on Parliament, when the Bill comes before the House, to allow for a meaningful consultation process that will help shape the Bill to meet best practices.
Advocates for Christ Ghana remains steadfast in our commitment to advocating for transparency, accountability, and the rule of law. We stand ready to support and partner with all stakeholders in the pursuit of a better future for our country.”