President Akufo-Addo has reiterated that his government is committed to fighting corruption in the country.
Addressing the nation on Friday on the 30th anniversary of the 4th Republic, he noted that his government has taken bold steps to fight the canker.
January 7, 2023 marks 30th anniversary of Ghana’s 4th republic.
According to the President, “if we seek to prolong our democratic journey, it is imperative that we enhance transparency and accountability in our governance structures, and build strong institutions that can fight corruption and the dissipation of public funds.”
“I say, without any form of equivocation, that my government has undertaken, arguably, the boldest initiatives since independence to reform and strengthen the capacity of our institutions to tackle corruption in the public sector,” he said.
He pointed out that the fight against the canker is evident in the financial empowerment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor. This, he said is, “an independent, non-partisan body, with the relevant professional capability and exclusive mandate to investigate and prosecute acts of corruption.”
He also stated that his government has also financially empowered anti-corruption bodies in the corruption fight.
According to him, another proof is the passage of the Right to Information Act, which previous administrations could not assent to.
Meanwhile, Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, has questioned the commitment of government in rooting out corruption in the country.
According to him, he has not seen much support from the state in dealing with the menace.
Speaking on the third edition of the Joy Change-Speakers Series on Newfile, he noted that over the period, he has only seen lip service being paid to the fight, without any substantial commitment.
This he said must be changed in order for the country to make meaningful inroads in the fight against corruption.
“On the part of the government, is the government ready for the fight against corruption? From where I sit, I have not seen much. I have not seen much commitment. I have heard lip service on too many occasions paid to the fight against corruption”, he stated on Saturday.
While urging the government to improve its commitment in that regard, he also called on Parliament and the generality of the citizens to be more dedicated to fighting corruption collectively.
This he said will compliment the efforts of his office and other relevant state agencies who are committed to making corruption a thing of the past.
“If we want to fight corruption, we must all get involved” he urged.
He pledged that the OSP will protect all those who provide information on corrupt practices.
Mr. Agyebeng noted that if this is done “we can bring corruption down.”
He told those who are engaged in corruption that sooner than later, they will be “found, prosecuted and jailed.”
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