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  • Jun 08, 2024
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Act Now - Be a Part of the Solution! OSP Urges Young People


The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has called on the youth to actively join the fight against corruption, emphasizing that their involvement is crucial for a better future.

 

Samuel Appiah Darko, Director of Strategy, Research, and Communication at the OSP, conveyed this to students, emphasizing that standing firm against corruption secures their future and that of future generations.

 

He delivered this message on behalf of Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng, on 7 June  2024, at a Political Science Students’ Association (POSSA) event at the University of Ghana.

 

The event, themed "The Fight Against Corruption: The Role of the Youth," aimed to equip students with knowledge and strategies to fight corruption in Ghana, highlighting the youth's critical role in fostering integrity and accountability.

“Document and report corruption, refuse to pay bribes, and report demands to the OSP or relevant authorities. Ghana has a whistleblower protection regime, and the OSP Act provides additional protection for informants, including a reward package for valuable tips leading to recovered proceeds and above all vote for competent, integrity-driven officials, ” Mr. Darko noted.

 

 

Mr. Darko addressing participants at the event.

 

 

He emphasized the importance of integrity and accountability in student leadership roles, warning against vote buying and bribery. He noted that student elections are public elections  and  subject to scrutiny by the OSP.

 

 

A section of the participants.

 

 

Mr. Darko emphasized the Office’s dedication to cultivating anti-corruption champions among the youth, empowering them to combat corruption now rather than waiting for the future. He encouraged the students to familiarize themselves with the concept of corruption and its laws, and to utilise digital technology for capturing and reporting corrupt activities. Presenting the Office’s Youth Against Corruption (YAC) initiative, he urged the students to participate in the anti-corruption movement on social media, highlighting the need for collaboration in the OSP’s efforts. He encouraged them to share messages and videos, raise awareness, and advocate for transparency and integrity. Additionally, he stressed the importance of voting for competent, integrity-driven officials.

 

 

Students asking questions during panel discussions

 

 

Other speakers at the event included Director of Administration at the Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO), Edward Cudjoe, Director of Programs at the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE), Dr. Imurana Mohammed, and a Senior Lecturer at the Political Science Department of the University and patron of POSSA, Dr. Rosina Foli.