Mr Robert P. Jackson, the United States Ambassador to Accra, has stated that the United States continued aid to Ghana has been hampered by a fire that appears to have been deliberately ignited.
2015 saw a fire decimate the Tema Central Medical Stores, an incident that many now suspected was facilitated to cover up corrupt activities by certain officials.
Speaking at the launch of a survey report titled, “Corruption is Eating us up: A Call to Action,” Ambassador Jackson said that the fire that gutted more than $80 million's worth of medical supplies. He added with about $7 million's worth of medical aid was from the American People.
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“This pervasive corruption directly impacts some of the areas that are most critical to Ghana’s growth and development,” he said.
“Corruption kills and robs. When a medical practitioner fails to appear at the government clinic to be at the private clinic, those dependent on the government clinic suffer. When a teacher demands sexual favours to award better grade, he is committing a crime. When one has to wait weeks for a passport or a driving licence, one’s income can be affected. These are all forms of corruption or mismanagement or both,” he added.
Ambassador Jackson commended government's efforts to cut out the rot of corruption, and added that the US Government was working with several ministries and local government to strengthen transparency.
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