Running mate to the flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Prof Naana Jane Opoku-Agyemang has fumed over what she says is the generalisation of the corruption tag against the two major parties in the country.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang observed that the erstwhile John Mahama administration tackled corruption decisively citing declaration of assets by then government appointees and the prosecution of NDC officials involved in acts of corruption, alleging that same cannot be said under the current administration.
“In the previous government we saw our President prosecute his own. Has that continued? When we get to a place where we say…oh in the sixth year we are 40% and so on… please don’t generalise. Lets us know where we were at what time.
“Let that be an incentive for parties to even compete. But if you generalize that its all of us, then we can relax. That generalisation is not helpful,” she said.
Prof Opoku-Agyemang charged civil society organisations to be bold and criticise President Akufo-Addo over his inability to deal with acts of corruption which she says has contributed to the poor performance of the country’s corruption perception index ratings.
“Let us know who has been able to prosecute his own and who has not been. And what has been the response to that. So it’s not all the same,” she said.
She was speaking to officials of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) as part of her working visit to civil society organisations.
The former Education Minister further indicated, “The differences, strengths, and weaknesses are there. The gaps are there, we can close them and that way we can make serious progress in the country”
Meanwhile, Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori Kwafo observed that in spite of effort by government to tackle the canker, the practice remains a challenge.
She believes the lack of political commitment towards the fight against corruption is making the practice more attractive.
Ahead of the December elections, the GII boss said “it is important to note that corruption remains to be a major issue for citizens as it affects efficient and equitable service delivery with implications for their quality of life.”