Akufo-Addo vows to fight corruption


Ghana’s New Patriotic Party (NPP) flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has reiterated his resolve to ensure that none of his appointees indulges in corruption, should he become the next president of Ghana.

Addressing NPP members in Manchester, United Kingdom (UK), Nana Akufo-Addo reiterated, “If your goal in coming into government is to enrich yourself, then don’t come. Go to the private sector. Public service is going to be exactly that; public service,” adding that “An NPP government will jealously guard public funds.”

According to him, he is not against any individual who wants to make money but “if that is your goal, then stick to the private sector; don’t come into the public service.”

Shedding more light on the office of the special prosecutor, the NPP standard bearer said, “Persons who will serve in this special office will not be chosen by the president but by a formula that will ensure their independence and the capacity to do their work.”

He said that as president, he would cause the detachment of the anti-corruption function from the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and give that responsibility to the office of the special prosecutor, noting that the functions of the commission are too broad for one institution to discharge effectively.

He observed that the CHRAJ, as currently constituted, “is not strong enough to be the fulcrum for the anti-corruption drive in Ghana. It is an ombudsman, a human rights watchdog and at the same time, an anti-corruption agency.”

The communications director of the NPP in Manchester and Public Health Practitioner, Dr Da Costa Aboagye, said the pervasiveness of corruption in Ghana in recent times is worrying.

“It appears the president and his team are happy with the widespread corruption,” he posited.

Source: Daily Guide