SENSITISATION WORKSHOP ON WHISTLEBLOWER ACT AND PROCUREMENT STANDARD CLAUSE

The Office of the Attorney- General and Ministry of Justice organized a one day sensitization workshop on  the Whistleblower Act, 2006 (ACT 720) and Procurement Standard Clause on 12th December, 2019 at the British Council PD Center in Accra.

The aim of the workshop was to create awareness on the Whistleblower Act and the Procurement Standard Clause as part of efforts to strengthen the capacity of anti-corruption advocates, government officials, civil society groups and private sector in the fight against corruption.

Mr. Charles Ayamdo Esq., Director of Anti-corruption at Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice in his presentation indicated that the Whistleblower Act protects whistleblowers who makes disclosures of impropriety and also such persons could gain 10% on proceeds recovered through financial impropriety. He however added that the Act abhors anonymous complaints therefore those who make disclosures for wrongdoings should disclose their identity when making such complaints.

Participants who were drawn from the ministries, departments, civil society organizations the media among others were schooled on the roles of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Office of the Attorney -General and Ministry of Justice in the implementation of the Act.

Alhaji Abdul-Latif, Audit and Investigations Specialist at the Public Procurement Authority, educated participants on some procurement processes; procurement fraud, risk in the procurement processes and measures to enhance integrity and curb corruption in the public sector.

Dignitaries present at the programme included the Chief Director of the Ministry, Alhaji Suleiman Ahmed, State Attorneys and Heads of Department of the Ministry, the Media and Civil Society groups among others.