On 25th May 2018, the African Union (AU) Organs and Institutions based in Arusha jointly organised at the African Court premises a round-table discussion, a play and a cultural show to celebrate this year’s Africa Day on the theme: “Winning the Fight against Corruption: A Sustainable Path to Africa’s Transformation’’.
The Representative of the Executive Secretary of the Arusha-based African Union Advisory Board on Corruption (AUABC) delivered the keynote address on the AU 2018 theme followed by panel discussions.
The AU Organs and Institutions that participated in the event were: The African Court on Human and Peoples’ Rights, AUABC, the Pan African Postal Union (PAPU) and the African Institute on International Law (AIIL).
Other Regional Economic Communities and related also based in Arusha, such as the East African Community, Eastern and Southern African Management Institute, the East, Central and Southern Africa Health Community and Prevention and Combating Corruption Bureau of Tanzania (PCCB) were also invited. The UN Mechanism for International Criminal Tribunals, Non-Governmental Organisations, civil society organisations, media, schools, colleges and universities, among others, joined the celebrations to mark the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) in 1963.
During his statement the PAPU Assistant Secretary General, Mr. Kolawole Aduloju, presented what PAPU is doing to promote good governance in the African Postal fraternity. These _include the establishment of decision-making support committees to effectively support decision-making and foster good governance, adoption of measures to enhance transparency in accountability, alignment of our legal instruments with the environment, and attitudinal development and engagement with staff.
However, he emphasized that “Regulation alone was not enough to curb crime, a committed leadership is needed in every organisation. He therefore pleaded with leadership and colleagues that, as leaders in various aspects of life, we should be the change we expect in others. A transparent and honest leader will breed a very conducive environment for work and advance the course of organisational development. This will translate to higher productivity and better living standards for everyone”.
At the end of the round table, and in closing the session on behalf of the organizing committee, Mr Kolawole Aduloju urged each and every one to continue to champion good governance on a daily basis, highlighting its core principles, namely: transparency, participation, accountability, efficiency, fairness, rule of law and combating corruption. Good governance is neither an empty slogan nor a luxury. “To prevent corruption, there is need to develop suitable, sustainable and easily-enforceable prevention mechanisms”, he said.