President Mahama, has told the BBC on the sidelines of the ongoing anti-corruption summit in London that he has fought corruption more than any other administration – a development he said had raised the perception of the canker in Ghana.
He said his government had exposed several corruption scandals, which would not have happened in previous administrations.
“There have been previous regimes where the leader; people have said that they will not investigate corruption and bring down their government. I have not taken that attitude; I have said if allegations are made we will investigate them and those found culpable will be dealt with.
“…And that’s why 165 people have lost their job at the National Service, 35 people are before the courts currently for putting ghost names in the national service pay roll, that’s why we’ve pursued people to take back money they took illegally and so it’s an uphill task but we will continue to fight.”
President Mahama also stated that his administration’s actions over the years clearly show a political will to tackle the canker.
“I have expressed the political will and I have said that if corruption is brought to my attention I will let the appropriate organisation investigate it and if we find evidence that somebody has been corrupt we will deal with them,” he said.
In the same interview, the president said that he had never received a bribe.
“Any human being would have encountered corruption in one way or the other. What you need to do is to put yourself in a position to (resist it)…I haven’t taken a bribe.”