Newly inaugurated President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo has re-affirmed his intent to make the fight against corruption while he's in office.
During his inauguration speech, the newly sworn-in Fifth President of the Fourth Republic iterated his belief that state funds should not be used for the enrichment of either public officials, or the ruling party.
"We must restore integrity in public life. State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election but resources for the country’s essential and economic development.”
During the run-up to last year's December 7th general elections, one of the New Patriotic Party's main campaign issues was corruption, with allegations of government officials inflating project budgets and misappropriating funds.
“Public service is just that and not an avenue for making money...Money is to be created in the private sector not the public sector,” said president Akufo Addo
With the promise to make the fight against corruption one of his topmost priorities, the Ghanaian electorate have given President Akufo Addo the mandate to rule for the next four years with a 53.8% victory over former President Mahama's 44.40 precent.
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President Akufo Addo, who once had position of Attorney General in former President J.A.Kufuor's administration, said that it was time for the legislative arm of government to stop taking a backseat to the executive. While he also stated his believe that the Judiciary must reflect "the epitome of fairness".
"The legislature must grow and not be a junior partner to the executive. The judiciary must inspire confidence as the ultimate arbiter; a Ghanaian judge must be the epitome of fairness.
"We must decentralize more, trust the collective; restore integrity in public life; State coffers are not spoils for the party that wins an election. I shall protect the public purse and insist on value for money, he stated.