Akufo-Addo declares war on Corrupt Public Officials

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…Says I won’t listen to pleas, not even from my wife

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has declared his willingness to deal with any public official in his administration who would be cited for corruption, emphasizing that such officials would have no space in his administration. He said he will allow the laws of the country to handle such corrupt officials as they should.

He has promised to ensure that the laws of Ghana are applied fully, without fear or favor.

Emphasizing his commitment not to personally interfere in the rule of law when it comes to prosecuting corrupt public officials President Akufo-Addo said

Often “when people get caught up in the net, I am imploring people not to come to me and say that ‘Oh! Nana, this man is my relative, so spare him’. That is the problem in Ghana. You find people going to speak to your wife with the hope of trying to influence you. I am not going to listen to that, because my concern is Ghana and not one or two individuals.”

President Akufo-Addo said these yesterday when he addressed Ghanaians resident in Sierra Leone, as part of his one-day official working visit to that country. The visit marks the commencement of the third phase of his working visits to ECOWAS countries.

He sanctioned the recent news of the arrest of some Customs officials who were responsible for the loss of some GH¢1.2 billion in revenue to the state, and said the arrest forms part of the government’s efforts at blocking revenue leakages at the country’s ports.

“That money was going, not into the government’s coffers, but into private pockets. We have importers who evade duty because they split the duty with customs officials. It cannot continue like that in Ghana,” President Akufo-Addo noted.

“I want to assure you that, so long as I have the opportunity, and I have breath and power, I am going to do something about it, so we can stop the leakages. I know that if we stop the leakages, we will have the money to do our own development. We are not going to be dependent on some people coming to say they are going to give us charity or grants. We will finance our own development ourselves.”

He urged Ghanaians to help him in the fight against corruption, “so that we can put that Ghana behind us, and get a new deal for our country.”

“We are going to create the Office of Special Prosecutor, who will not be a creature of the government, but will be an independent person who will have the power to decide who to prosecute. So it will not be Akufo-Addo, but it is the law that is working.”

The President also hinted that the law to set up the Office of the Special Prosecutor will be laid before Parliament when the House resumes sitting from Tuesday May 30, 2017 and that he expects that “by the second half of this year, the office will be up and working.”

“…we are a rich country. I refuse this idea that Ghana is poor. I will not accept the language that Ghana is poor. Ghana is not a poor country. Ghana is a rich country, and we want to make it a rich country once again in our time. We all need to work hard to realize the wealth of our country,” he stated.

Source: Jeorge Wilson Kingson || ghananewsonline.com.gh

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