- His Excellency Jon Benjamin is calling on Akufo-Addo government to prosecute and jail all corrupt officials in Ghana
- He says over the past decade corruption has been worse in Ghana but no single prominent figure jailed
The outgoing British High Commissioner to Ghana Jon Benjamin, has said his country has moral obligations to demand the prosecution of corrupt Ghanaian officials who rob the country of millions of ponds every year through their nefarious activities.
According to him, millions of ponds British government invests into Ghanaian economy through aid are drown from the British taxpayer; therefore it must be accounted for.
Speaking in his last media interview, the outspoken envoy insisted that, corruption is a high crime and people caught in the acts must be put before court and jailed.
“Corruption is a major setback to Ghana’s development and government must take concrete action on the canker by prosecuting persons involved in the acts,” he insisted.
Mr Benjamin, who leaves the country after serving in Ghana lamented that, corruption was everywhere but it had got worse in recent years in Ghana, and for a decade, no prominent individual had gone to prison to deter others.
The High Commissioner also maintained that, President Akufo-Addo had himself admitted the high prevalence of corruption in recent years, and therefore he expect him to deal decisively with act; by jailing all prominent figures who rob the country at the expense of ordinary poor citizens.
“I’m not the one making these corruption claims up; these are facts and they’re of concern to us; corruption is theft and the people who lose out are millions of the ordinary Ghanaians,” he added.
Citing the fire outbreak at the Central Medical Stores under the Mahama-administration in 2015, he revealed that, it was shocking that nobody had yet been tried at the court and punished after investigations.
Jon Benjamin submitted that about £4 million of the Department for International Development (DFID)-funded medicines and medical equipment were lost in that fire alone
“So, we have a legitimate right to ask what has happened because a Ghanaian enquiry had already found that it was a deliberate arson,” he fumed.
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