Mr Kenneth Gilbert Adjei, the Deputy Minister of Defence, has revealed that, the Government of Ghana was pleased to see the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), the local chapter of Transparency International and other Civil Society Groups demonstrating genuine commitment to democracy and accountability in the country.
He said, Ghana has a vibrant multi-party democracy, committed to the rule of law with a vibrant Civil Society organization, a free press and an active engaged Parliament.
Mr. Adjei, made this comment speaking at the opening of a –day’s Workshop by Transparency International (T.I) Leadership on the Defence and Security Sector in Accra.
The workshop brought together former Ministers of Defence and Foreign Affairs, Members of Parliament and personnel of the Military and Police high Command.
He explained that, Ghana has had a long and mutually beneficial relationship with some useful work on its Defence and Security Programmes.
The Deputy Minister, recalled that in January this year, Transparency International’s Africa Index was launched in Accra in recognition of Ghana’s commitment to the agenda.
He said, among countries in Africa, Ghana, was ranked in the top bracket-in terms of efforts to promote Transparency in the Defence and the Security Sector.
Mr Adjei, revealed that the Government of Ghana takes the subject very serious as evidenced by the on-going initiatives to strengthen evaluation, monitoring systems and procedures within the Ghana Armed Forces.
He said Government was pleased that this leadership workshop would afford personnel the excellent opportunityto explore further, the ways and means to advance the process and strengthen oversight in the area of security.
On his part, Sir Steward Eldon, Senior Adviser at Transparency International (T.I) said, Ghana’s relationship with T.I was very valuable and called its strengthening.
He lauded Ghana as one of the countries that does very well in the area of transparency and accountability at the highest level, especially in the Defence and Security Sector.
Sir Eldon, further expressed the hope that the workshop will promote a broaderdeliberation among the sector players to enhanced transparency and accountability in the country.