Careless 2: The Devil and the Orphanage

Physical Abuse Galore; Canes, Slaps And Punches

Anas Aremeyaw Anas reports.

If we love Him who sent them to us here
Let’s treat them with spiritual fear
For they bring us blessings as well curses
Some ills we suffer need no guesses
The Lord treats us as we do kids
Their abuse He greatly abhors, nay forbids

To this orphanage the words of the poem mean nothing. They will not suffer any ills or curses for abusing these orphans and the Lord being all merciful would definitely treat them far better than they were treating these kids. Abuse of whatever kind was encouraged and admired in the home.

This reporter witnessed the sight of a barely 10 year old boy being subjected to twelve strong lashes. The teacher lays down these two rules; don’t cross a line and do not touch the caned portion of your body however it hurts -otherwise; he starts the caning all over.

Whiles this boy twists and turns in order to soak the pain, his mates laugh as if it’s a comedy show. The teacher had turned a comedian and was making mockery of the little boy writhing in pain. In the meantime, the teacher calls for a cane swap and tosses the cane in jest as he waits to land the next whip.

Such is the situation at the Countryside Basic School here in Bawjiase, where kids are beaten and punished for offences ranging from failure to attend classes, getting their sums wrong, talking in class and in one instance for failing to supply palm wine upon a teacher’s incessant request.

This pertains at a time where the Ministry of Education (MoE) and the Ghana Education Service (GES) have categorically stated that punishment of pupils should be supervised by school heads. There was no school head supervising these corporal punishments.

It is virtually a free-for-all situation when it came to punishment and the teachers exhibited great skill, dexterity and tenacity in caning. At the Countryside Basic School, pupils were whipped at the pleasure of teachers and not necessarily because they had done something wrong.

There was no format to caning here as most of the untrained teachers and volunteers put in charge of subjects and classes resorted to meting out multiple strokes at will.

Caning was the easiest punishment available here.

A volunteer teacher at the home called Sylvester was the main culprit in the caning spree. He is feared by the pupils as a result of his prowess when it came to caning. When he got of tired using the cane, Sylvester would resort to using his fists.

On an occasion, we witnessed him physically abuse a young boy. The mode of abuse started from the boy kneeling down, then came incessant hefty slaps on both cheeks of the young boy at the same time and finally direct slaps to the face of the boy.

Whiles this was ongoing, some of his fellow volunteer teachers looked on, making disparaging comments about the boy’s predicament. The boy’s offence was that he had absented himself from class.

One teacher apparently appalled by the posture of the boy asked the boy rhetorically; “are you a devil?” As though that was not enough; another teacher asked that a cement block be fetched.

To the shock of this reporter, he asked a fellow student to put it on the head of the pupil who had been severely abused by Sylvester. He then proceeded to ask the boy to hold the cement block with his hands over his head and make sure that he does not rest it on his head. That looked too much for the boy who threw the block away and run off to save his skin.

ABUSE CONTINUES IN THE HOME

Even though the school could be described as the center of abuse, the kids were hardly spared physical punishment in the home. Some of the teachers who lived in the home also carried their caning portfolio with them when school closed.

A child wailing in the evenings is a normal occurrence, with the aggressors being their teachers from school. These teachers are usually older inmates of the orphanage who have completed their Junior High or Senior High school education and returned to the home to “serve” in some capacity. Thus the culture of abuse does not end in school but is also very rampant within the home.

Older inmates using canes and belts to whip kids is common place and verbal abuse is the norm

Early on during our investigations we encountered Auntie Emma giving instructions to the children during a gathering. She addressed different issues especially those to do with their reception of visitors.

Auntie Emma: What happens to a stubborn child?

Children: You end up in a difficult place

Auntie Emma: Whoever refuses to sing when we get visitors, especially those of you who sit agape…. Where is Emelia? When singing is ongoing, Emelia doesn’t sing; when you are supposed to clap, some people don’t.

If that happens and you see me grab you, just begin seeking for divine intervention, I would just call you politely, take you to the side and beat you. You wouldn’t repeat that again. If you unnecessarily worry your mother, is beating not the last option?

Children: Yes

Auntie Emma: I promised you that when donations come, I would share them for you; is that in any way wrong?

Children: No

Auntie Emma: So if you fool around, I will deal with you, so when visitors come remain quiet, okay?

Children: Okay

Auntie Emma: When they sing, do so; when they are upstanding, do so; engage actively in whatever is going on. If you refuse so to do; I will whip you. I will whip you so severely, you wouldn’t repeat that again.

And those of you who refuse to come here when the bell is sounded, they should continue. Is that why the guests came?

Children: No

Auntie Emma: You the beneficiary of their donation must show your appreciation, as it stands now, we have been surpassed by Ofankor, Good Shepherd (orphanage) and the other one, and they are threatening to overtake us. So we must treat guests well. Simple singing too, who should do it for you. You are so blockheaded; all you know is to eat.

Aunty Emma seemed to have acquired a degree in the psychology of brainwashing children. We were left to wonder if there is a competition between the orphanages as to who receives the most donations!

THE STORY OF THE ALLEGED THIEF: I PREFER TO GO AND BEG ON THE STREETS THAN STAY HERE

“That boy is genetically brewed to be a thief,” these words were the views of Captain Boafo, father of the home on a 15 year old boy who had been living in the home since his childhood.

Our cameras happened to be on record mode when Sasu (not his real name); was held by the scruff of his T shirt by Auntie Emma and was being jointly beaten by her and Captain Boafo, whiles almost everyone else in the home looked on.

He had been pronounced guilty of unlawful entry into Auntie Emma’s room and stealing GH¢ 10.

He had been seen holding money, and someone had seen him coming out of Auntie Emma’s room. A connection of both occurrences was enough evidence to convict him of the criminal act of stealing.

No amount of explanation would absolve Sasu of the charge. He like the other children in the house are not supposed to handle money at any point. Sasu had been pronounced a thief and was the butt of all jokes amongst the young and old.

That incident had so badly affected the young man and to escape the ridicule and shame he had been subjected to, he was contemplating abandoning a place he had spent his childhood and formative years in.

He narrated his side of the story whiles sobbing and dealing with the pain of two bumps he had sustained on his head from the beatings he had earlier received.

Sasu: When Angelina saw the money you gave me, she went to tell mommy that this is what she saw me holding GH¢ 10 and that I went to take it from the room. Mommy too did not ask me anything and she started beating me.

Tiger: Did you go there?

Sasu: I didn’t go there. It’s Angelina who is alleging I went there. The woman (Auntie Emma) doesn’t like me; even if I don’t do anything and somebody says I did it; she would just take advantage to beat me.

I cannot stay in this home anymore, she has disgraced me. I cannot go anywhere again. Because I don’t have parents, my mommy died when I was four years and I don’t know the whereabouts of my father. They maltreat me because I don’t have parents, I don’t have anywhere to go.

After settling down, Sasu remembered that he had an option. To him, this incident was enough to force him to sacrifice all his years in the house and to start a new life -on the streets of Kasoa, where he was convinced that he would be better off begging wealthy motorists for handouts.

In his words: “The way this thing has happened, I am not sure I can stay here any longer, I am feeling embarrassed. I can go and stand at Kasoa and beg wealthy motorists who pass by, I cannot stay here. It is better I go and beg, the begging is better than going to school.”

The view of Mr. and Mrs. Boafo on the issue was that Sasu was not to be trusted in any way on any day and under any circumstances.

Auntie Emma: The boy is dangerous ooo

Anas: I also took him as my best friend.

Auntie Emma: He is your best friend? (amazed)

Anas: I said I just took him as my best friend.

Auntie Emma: (Not even me), the boy can cause your arrest and you will never be released, look; he can cause you to be arrested and never released.

By stander: It is only a visitor who eats a meal prepared with a blind fowl

Auntie Emma: No one should attend to him, leave him sitting right where he is

Capt. Boafo: He can steal even the pants that you are wearing.

Child psychologists have spoken about immediate and long term effects that insults and other forms of abuse have on children especially when the abuse is repetitive.

The story of Sasu amply demonstrates this effect with his feeling of embarrassment and shame leading to his decision to choose the streets rather than stay in the home; a place where the general society is of the view that Sasu and others like him would be enjoying the love of their surrogate parents.

In all of this however, Auntie Emma categorically denies that the children in the home are beaten.

Tiger: What is the difference between correction and beating?

Auntie Emma: Some kids are very shy so when we use the eye sight expression they will stop what they are doing immediately but others you have to call them and correct them on what they did. On most Fridays which marks the end of a week, I usually reward the well behaved child in the home. This has made other children to adapt to behaving well in the home’’.

Tiger: Does it mean you don’t beat the children?

Emma Boafo: Beating does not solve a problem so we correct them in the home. At times the offender comes back to me to plead for doing the wrong thing. You can come here at anytime without informing us to see whether we beat them or not’’.

Amongst other sights of punishment, we observed how especially Sylvester beat children in the home with sticks. The sound of a child screaming is common and the use of cane and belt to punish erring children is rampant.

In the third installment of our stories on the Bawjiase orphanage, we put the spotlight on the health situation in the house. The story of the SHS graduate doctor and his medical expositions are all up for discussion.

Careless 1: The Devil and the Orphanage

Mother and Founder of Home Selling Donations, Orphans Physically Abused at Home and in School, Poor Feeding and Forced Fasting, a ‘doctor’ who got his license after SHS education.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas reports from Bawjiase.

Children are angels sent to earth
To bring to mankind contentment and mirth
They are from the Creator fresh
Descended as spirits in mortal flesh
To be treated therefore with reverent sympathy
And tended with care tender, full of empathy
Child cruelty is only entrenched due to society’s apathy

Unfortunately, however, the plight of children is not so serene in Ghana….talk of orphans! Orphans are most often subjected to unspeakable cruelty and unconscionable exploitation in this country. Most of the cruelty takes place in established and recognized orphanage homes.

Unto herself she took the task of being a surrogate parent to many children
And people the world over believed and relieved her with support
She had a lot of imports that she more often than not, exported for financial exchange.
Under the guise of a barter whiles kids were battered
Girls therein become pregnant as easily as catching a cold and evacuate the contents with adult connivance
And so does the glittering façade on the outside, make nonsense of the nauseous creepiness on the inside
Where kids hang on to survival when before their very eyes so much is deposited always.
The reality is dire here and the conditions are undoubtedly depressing.

Our reporter goes undercover as a volunteer in an Orphanage home in Bawjiase, to expose the mistreatment of orphans in one of Ghana’s biggest private run orphanages.

On one hand are children in their best clothes and beaming with smiles. Yet beyond those smiles, they look on with fading hope. A usually transient hope that the donations for which they are constantly assembled and always received by their ‘mother’ would be appropriately channeled for their benefit.

Children playing in a dangerous area.
Children playing in a dangerous area.

On the other hand; there are the very benevolent and cheerful givers who gleefully donate in cash and kind to the home, believing that their little tokens would keep the ‘smiles’ on the faces of these orphans for a while longer.

Even though these kids are the reason for which people (cognizant of God’s blessings on whoever caters for the orphan child) donate in cash and kind, there is a problem of constant breach of trust.

On the blind side of the donor’s benevolence and to the chagrin of children in the house, most donations are sold out thanks to the money making ingenuity and enterprise of the woman they refer to affectionately as; “Auntie Emma.”

Local and international Institutions have been at the forefront of the infrastructural development of this orphanage; from the Regimanuel Gray Estate block to the World Health Organization (WHO) funded bath house and the Ballast Nedam structure, through to the donation of a mini bus by Prophet T. B. Joshua’s Synagogue Church of All Nations (SCOAN) and also the kitchen house constructed by Wirbelwind, it is clear that the home has benefited from a lot of goodwill.

These structures combine with the home’s school, the Countryside Basic School and the crop and animal farms to give the house a semblance of self subsistence. But the months of undercover work we undertook showed that there was much more to the self subsistence veil.

THE TRIGGER

The need to investigate the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home in Bawjiase came as a result of a citizen’s report from a former volunteer in the home. Following that, an investigator joined the home as a volunteer; and for close to six months gathered hardcore evidence of issues such as;

  • Sale of Donated Items
  • Lack of Proper Health Care
  • Gross Physical Abuse
  • Poor Feeding and Forced Fasting
  • Sex, Pregnancy and Abortion

FIVE YEARS AGO…….SAME STORY
After the publication of “Orphans Home of Hell” exposé in September 2010, which exposed mistreatment of orphans and other vulnerable children under the care of the state-run Osu Children’s Home, an 11-member ministerial Committee of Enquiry was set up by the then Ministry of Employment and Social Welfare (MESW).

The report of the committee culminated in an 85 page document that gave detailed findings and recommendations on the issues raised in the investigative piece. It also proffered measures to curtail the horrid occurrences and experiences that kids in Osu went through. The overriding aim of that paper was to forestall similar situations elsewhere.

If recommendations thereof were followed through and thoroughly implemented, one would have thought that orphans in other parts of the country would be shielded from the vagaries and mistreatment of surrogate parents.

Nothing has improved. People cash in on poor orphans, deceive the unsuspecting public to throw money and resources at them while they enjoy the bounty. This raises the bigger debate; should we continue to permit orphanages to run and hope that one day they would actually exist for the benefit of orphans or society should sit up and acknowledge that it would be best to begin absorbing our orphans into our homes?

Children scrubbing bathroom with stones.
Children scrubbing bathroom with stones.

‘’It beats my mind that a small country like Ghana has so many orphanage homes which dubious characters are using as an avenue for business whilst maltreating these children. This tarnishes the image of the country as they mostly fabricate stories and pictures of such ‘’orphans’’ in abject poverty in order to raise funds from international organizations thereby making us look irresponsible as a country. If we were a serious country, all these orphanages should have been closed down…..more than 70% of them are simply scams. Let us rather take steps to close many of them down and educate society to integrate such orphans into our everyday homes and shame these sham characters’’…said Mr. Samuel Djanmah, a caregiver in Washington DC in a telephone conversation with this paper two days ago.

SELL OUT

Auntie Emma is a very powerful personality here in the home. She has over the years been in charge of running the activities of the home and is the very important point-of-contact between outsiders and the home. Auntie Emma is the liaison officer between the children and the donors, volunteers and social workers etc.

Our investigations however found that Auntie Emma had taken to selling donations that kept pouring into the home. We saw her sell on several occasions most of the donated items and clothing. Nothing was off limit to her. She sold food, clothing and even tooth paste at retail prices to those who were willing to buy. She even sold some of these items to us.

The list of groups and institutions who donate in cash and kind to the orphanage is very long. This is aside the very tall list of individuals who donate on a weekly basis to the home. The home was one that enjoyed a lot of inflows –both in cash and in kind.

It is a big occasion whenever visitors/donors came in, and every child and the caretakers in the home must be present. The cameras roll and the pictures snap with delighted donors and giggling children; and finally donations are made.

But when the donors drive off with the satisfaction that they have lit the faces of orphans with smiles, the kids settle back into reality; their role is to smile and sing for the donors so that the goods would keep coming in order for Aunty Emma to keep making profits. The goods were not for their benefit!
We negotiated and paid cash to Auntie Emma to buy some of the donated items. We also witnessed on several occasions how traders came into the house to negotiate for and pay for the supply of all kinds of goods.

Bags of rice, gallons of oil, cartons of milk, boxes of indomie, milo, fruit drinks, tooth brushes, sanitary pads, biscuits, clothing, etc.
And insofar as these items were available, and customers were willing to pay Auntie Emma’s asking price, she was ever ready to sell out.

The situation is so bad that some staff and even children of the home openly attested to the fact that donations were being sold and the proceeds go to Auntie Emma.

“She used to sell it secretly but not anymore, she now sells these items openly, yet she is the first to claim that there isn’t enough money to pay workers” one worker here at the home lamented.

One child spoke to us undercover.

Tiger: So they sell the rice and all that people donate?
Boy: Yes.

Tiger: Do you know the store?
Boy: Now they have closed down the store

Tiger: So how do they sell it with the store closed?
Boy: Now, (they do it) illegally, now if some of the mothers (those living outside the orphanage) are going home, they send it and supply it to the buyers. They have been selling it all the time.

PROFIT MAKING IN A CASH AND CARRY SYSTEM

In a conversation with Auntie Emma during one of our negotiations to buy donated items, she revealed that she was selling most of these items by barter trading. She adds that all items are sold out at a retail price in order to allow the buyer/her customers to also add their profit margins before selling.

A transcript of the conversation is produced below:

Auntie Emma: Everything would be sold to you at retail prices; most retailers in Kasoa and other places come here to buy their goods. What you must do is go round and find out how much these goods are sold.

If they are sold for instance at one cedi, you price it at 90 pesewas, so that the goods can be bought quickly. That is why the prices I sell at are reduced, so that you can sell quickly and make profits.

What I do here is called bartering. For instance I basically exchange what you need for what I have. If I need garden eggs and I barter I can give you firewood, so that is bartering,” she concluded.

Her explanation as to barter was quite baffling. She was selling the goods for cash and not in exchange for any other goods. The cash went into her pocket. What was she bartering?

ORPHANAGE OR BOARDING FACILITY

The money making depth of Auntie Emma had resulted in her running the home as a boarding facility. She has only a handful of orphans but their numbers are increased because of the presence of boarders.

As one worker puts it, she suspected that there were far less orphans than Auntie Emma wanted the world to believe. This is what ensued in our interaction with the worker

Tiger: A girl insisted she was a boarder and Auntie Emma, confronted her.
Woman: What did she expect the girl to say, she is not a boarder. You are using the name of orphans to make money meanwhile the orphans here are not up to ten, not even five.

And it’s not good, let’s be truthful. Truth is good. Let’s admit that these kids are needy.

Tiger: Yes, and anyone will support that
Woman: One day someone may come to know the truth and it will be very dangerous.

Tiger: Because there are many of them with parents
Woman: Indeed, there are a lot of them, others also pay. But what did she expect the girl to say, she pays school fees and all other charges and you expect her to say she is an orphan? You take school fees and everything. If you were catering for her for free, then you can be justified but she pays …

The plan was that the home would admit children as boarding students and parents of such parents pay fees for their wards stay in the orphanage and also provide them with food. Yet Auntie Emma classifies all such children as orphans and needy and insists they accept that label.

We witnessed an instance where Auntie Emma went as far as to threaten a girl who refused to be called an orphan because as far as the girl was concerned, she was a boarding student.

Martha is a young girl who suffered ridicule at the hands of her friends when Auntie Emma presented her name in an exams registration process as an orphan. She narrated that ordeal to us:

Martha: … and some of my school juniors (our home economics students) they went for practical there and they saw the picture, when they came to school, they hooted at me, laughed at me that I’m an orphan … that I’ve been adopted. Really I felt bad. I actually felt bad.

So when she said I should go and talk, I wasn’t ready to go and talk and she still insisted so when my dad came I was here and they drew me there. But when they questioned me, I said I’m just a volunteer.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN WITH EMMA BOAFO YEBOAH

Auntie Emma (real name Emma Boafo Yeboah) is the founder and mother of the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home in Bawjiase, where our investigations uncovered topical issues of gross child rights infractions and corruption.

On the outside; the Countryside Children’s Welfare Home, popularly referred to as the Bawjiase Orphanage looks the ideal place where orphans could get a holistic upbringing.

One of the aims of the home is; “… to provide parental care and training for the needy children to prepare them for the challenges of life with confidence.”

But what we found when our investigative team led by Anas Aremeyaw Anas went undercover in the orphanage was far different from what most people would term as parental care and training aimed at preparing children for life’s challenges.

Investigators joined the kids on many occasions that they were summoned (sometimes during school hours but predominantly on the weekends) to sing to welcome and entertain donors.

The founder and owner sold most of these items to outsiders whiles children were given little to eat and sometimes made to fast! It was normal for the orphans to chew indomie….uncooked.

The mission of the home is stated thus; “to make our children useful assets as God provides the resources through mankind.” And that underlined the basis for Auntie Emma’s plea to donors to always give and not tire of giving.

Keeping with the mission, Auntie Emma in later interviews stated that the home always did its best to raise 40% of funds needed to run it, and depended on benevolence of people and organizations to contribute towards the remaining 60%. She is a good talker…if only her words were the truth.

In the next installment of this story, we delve deeper into issues of physical abuse of these children, at home and in school. We also tell the story of the Senior High School graduate who works as a dispensary boy and doctor, administering injection to sick children in the home.

Meanwhile the documentary of children of the countryside titled “CARE”less will be airing exclusively on TV3 today; Monday 2nd February, 2015. We shall subsequently announce dates and times it will be showing on all other networks.

Nigeria’s Fake Doctors

Two journalists go undercover to delve into the disturbing world of West Africa’s quack doctors.

Take a drive though any city or large town in Nigeria and the chances are you will come across numerous privately owned health clinics, doctor’s surgeries and hospitals.

They are so widespread because Nigeria’s state-run health system – ranked at 197th out of 200 by the World Health Organisation – is chronically underfunded and so overstretched that it simply cannot meet all the demands made on it. Private medicine fills the gap and in the best cases, at least for those who can afford it, it can provide a valuable alternative service.

But while there are many legitimate private health providers, there are many more that are completely bogus; unaccredited, unregulated ‘quack’ doctors – con artists and criminal scammers for the most part – who ruthlessly exploit the credulity, ignorance and desperation of the poorest and most vulnerable people in society. Indeed they are so prolific that a survey carried out in Nigeria earlier this year found that more than 50 percent of the population had received ‘treatment’ from the quacks at one time or another – even people with very serious diseases such as typhoid and malaria.

This is absolute quackery. All he did was just glance at the patient and then made a diagnosis and prescribed medications …. This is wrong, this is all wrong. These drugs are poison. They cause real damage.  — A Nigerian doctor

Professor Alex Dodoo, who monitors patient safety for the World Health Organisation in West Africa and has dealt with quacks for years points out the obvious dangers of dealing with fake doctors:

“If one is not licensed by the state, anything that one does is illegal. Going to see them is dangerous. Period. Would you sit in an aeroplane where the pilot says ‘OK hello, I’m the pilot, but I’ve not been licensed!’ No way! You put your health at risk and you can die.”

But it is something that has long bothered Rosemary Nwaebuni, a reporter who lives and works in Nigeria’s Delta State. She has encountered many people who have suffered at the hands of fake doctors, particularly women who have been the victim of botched abortions, and she is frustrated that the authorities have not done more to stamp them out.

For this this episode of Africa Investigates, she joined up with Anas Aremeryaw Anas, an award-winning journalist from Ghana, to track down the quacks and gather evidence of their scams.

The duo’s eye-opening investigation quickly unearthed a host of ‘doctors’ and ‘nurses’ using forged and fake qualifications and with little or no medical training.

The premises these fake medics operate from are invariably unsanitary and the manifestly phoney ‘treatments’ they offer patients risk ending in blindness, poisoning, perforated wombs and even life-threatening disfigurement and death from surgical procedures carried out by people lacking even a modicum of skill or experience. Others fall victim to the quacks’ complete inability to diagnose even the most obvious diseases and conditions; mistakes that are more likely to kill or injure their patients than they ever are to heal them.

Going undercover in the guise of a patient, Rosemary was offered treatment for typhoid and malaria (even though she is perfectly healthy) and an illegal abortion (even though she is not pregnant) by quacks who had no medical qualifications whatsoever but who pretended to be experienced and licensed practitioners.

In one remarkable sting, the Africa Investigates team rented a house and invited local quacks to come and do ‘home visits’. The ‘patient’ was again Rosemary, who – with the help of a qualified medic – had learned some symptoms that any genuine doctor would immediately recognise as indications of heart disease. Instead, one after another, the ‘quacks’ turned up and after cursory examinations wrongly claimed that Rosemary was suffering from typhoid and malaria (two commonly cited conditions) for which she need expensive drugs that only they could prescribe.

What the fake doctors did not know was that the house was rigged with secret closed circuit cameras and that their every move was being scrutinised by a genuine medical practitioner. The doctor was local to the area and asked to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, but he was unequivocal in his condemnation of the fakes.

“This is absolute quackery,” he said of one of the fakes. “All he did was just glance at the patient and then made a diagnosis and prescribed medications … To take all barrage of medications for this patient with malaria and typhoid. This is wrong, this is all wrong. These drugs are poison. They cause real damage.”

The team took this this and other evidence to Dr Alfred Ebiakofa, a senior medical officer working for the Nigerian Ministry of Health. He had always lacked the resources and proof to go after fake doctors but now was able to act. He called in the police to work with Anas who, as the investigation heads to a climax, devised a dramatic scheme to trap one of Nigeria’s most notorious quacks in the act.

Martin Amidu, Manasseh Azure Awuni, Anas to be awarded for fighting corruption

thumb (6)Former Attorney-General Martin Amidu and journalists Manasseh Azure Awuni and Anas Aremeyaw Anas are to be awarded for their tireless campaign against corruption in the country.

Key civil society organizations and private companies as part of the awards ceremony are embarking on a march Tuesday in honour of the three.

The Trades Union Congress (TUC), Centre of Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Ghana Anti-corruption Coalition (GAC), Private Enterprises Foundation (PEF), Christian Council of Ghana with sponsorship from Star-Ghana are organizing the awards ceremony.

The organizers say the three have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to fighting corruption in the country.

Former A-G, Martin Amidu earned national respect for pursuing persons and institutions that received wrongful payments of large sums of money from the state under the guise of judgment debts or settlement agreements.

He went to the Supreme Court after he was sacked in dramatic circumstances following public claims that his efforts to prevent corruption in government were being thwarted by some unnamed ministers of state.

Mr. Amidu sought and obtained declarations that payments to international firms, Isofoton, Waterville, and businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome had no constitutional basis.

Joy FM’s Manasseh Azure Awuni through his investigative work, exposed widespread corruption and stealing at the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development (GYEEDA), Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital amongst others.

The revelations forced reform in some of the institutions and the cancellation of some contracts.

Anas Aremeyaw Anas, reputed for his undercover investigations, also shone light on cocoa smuggling, stealing at the Tema Port, amongst others. These individuals, the organizers say, deserve to be celebrated for fighting corruption which has become a cancerous tumor in Ghana. The awardees will receive citations at Tuesday’s event at the Efua Sutherland Children’s Park.