Statement: Prof Martey’s proof of Corruption is not strong enough – Govt.

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Government’s attention has been drawn to statements made by the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church, Professor Emmanuel Martey to the effect that some members of the Akufo-Addo government are “beginning to show signs of corruption.”
The Akufo-Addo administration welcomes feedback on its performance. However, feedback is best when it comes with concrete pointers. Government takes a serious view of Prof. Martey’s comments and wish to state the following:

1.that it is prepared to work with senior citizens like Prof. Martey to actively combat corruption in our body politic. It will however serve us better if in the future, such comments are accompanied by specific examples rather than generalised in a manner that is difficult to put a finger on. In this case, Prof. Martey says a company providing a vehicle to MASLOC for trial in order to prove the durability of its vehicles ahead of a future, signals “beginning signs” of corruption. Government is of the view that the case cited does not support the general narrative by the good Professor.

2. rather, the Akufo-Addo administration since its inauguration has made the protection of the public purse a matter of high priority. The strong enforcement of GIFMIS commitments before the release of government funds, the cleaning up of ghost names from various pay rolls, efforts at improving procurement processes to eliminate windows of opportunity for sole sourcing, a general cut back of privileges of ministers and other government officials such as restriction on purchases of vehicles and the introduction of paperless operations across government platforms are all aimed at ensuring the elimination of opportunities for corruption.

Government wishes to encourage all citizens, to work with the relevant agencies to ensure that we win the fight against corruption by providing credible specifics and not general narratives which will be difficult to prove or act against.

Mustapha Abdul-Hamid
(Minister for Information)

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