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Ghanaian Chief Justice unveils anti-graft drive in Judiciary

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At a time the Nigerian Judiciary is battling cases corruption amongst top justices, the Chief Justice of Ghana, Her Ladyship, Justice Sophia Akuffo, has launched what she described as Anti-Corruption Action Plan for the Judiciary and Judicial Service.

Akuffo added that the new drive will further enhance integrity among judges and staff in the quest to stem corruption in the justice delivery system.

Justice Akuffo launched the Anti-Corruption Action Plan Document at a ceremony in Accra, on the theme: “The Judiciary of Ghana-Uprooting corruption, wherever it is found”.

Part of the anti-graft efforts in the judiciary will be the provision of anti-corruption training and awareness programme for Judges, Magistrates, court officials and other staff on the Plan, and engage the public to sensistise them on actions that lead to corruption.

The 2017-2019 Action Plan was produced with the assistance of Danish International Development Agency’s (DANIDA) Right to Services and Good Governance Programme aimed at fighting against corruption along four key areas.

They include; increasing the focus on integrity, reducing opportunities for corruption, increasing transparency and accountability and dealing efficiently and effectively with complaints.

Business Hilights gathered from the Ghana News Agency that the new idea dates back to revelations from a scandal that hit the Judiciary in 2015 when some judges and Judicial Service staff were caught on video taking bribes in an investigative piece.

The exposures lead to the dismissal of 34 judges.

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