- Nana Addo says former President Mahama demonstrated no commitment in fighting corruption
- He says his NPP administration can be visibly seen on the path of fighting corruption in Ghana
President Akufo-Addo has disclosed that his administration is being more series and proactive with the fight against corruption compared to former President Mahama's years in office.
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According to the President, his approach towards fighting the menace could be visibly seen from the way he handled corruption allegations against some of his appointees.
Addressing journalists at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday to mark the first year in office, the New Patriotic Party leader indicated that he is more focused on ensuring no member of his administration gets involved in corruption.
“It is important to note that in my first year of office, two separate bipartisan probes have been established to inquire into allegations of corruption as against zero in the Mahama years despite the persistent calls by the then minority…. I have a greater interest in my appointees not being corrupt than any critic could possibly have. Try me, produce evidence to back the allegation, and see what the reaction will be,” he said.
Nana Addo in his address said that all corruption cases leveled against his appointees have been thoroughly investigated and dealt with by relevant state institutions.
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President Akufo-Addo lashed out at some persons in the opposition NDC for their consistent attacks on his administration as being corrupt, although unable to substantiate their allegations.
“So far, every single act of alleged corruption labeled against any member of my administration has been, or is in the process of being investigated by independent bodies and the findings so far made public…They have all been investigated and no evidence has been produced to suggest the perpetration of any act of corruption,” Akufo-Addo said.
He also added that, “We should be careful about the new trend that appears to be emerging whereby any allegation, no matter how spurious gains the character of a scandal or an act of corruption even when it is shot down”.
Touching on the appointment of Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, Nana Akufo-Addo said he do not expect that he [Amidu] will provide all the answers for dealing with corruption cases in the public sector.
"Howe ever, I do believe that at least, the office will remove the fear of partisan prosecution and put the fear of God in all public officials who are intending to go on the path of corruption,” Nana Addo said.
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