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.