President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reaffirmed his commitment to fight against corruption in the country
The Presdient indicated that government has taken considerable measures to tackle corruption especially among his officials.
He made this statement at a speech delivery on the National Anti-Corruption Conference held at Alisa Hotel in Accra to commemorate the International Anti-Corruption Day and International Human Rights Day on the theme “Building a culture of integrity for a generation”.
“Every single alleged act of corruption leveled against any of my appointees has been investigated by independent bodies such as the Commission of Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), Criminal Investigation Department (CID) and some cases by Parliament itself. It is not my job to clear or convict any person accused of wrongdoing or engaging in acts of corruption that is the job of the court.
My job is to act on allegations of corruption by referring issues to the proper investigative agencies for the relevant inquiry and necessary acts, including if require the suspension of the affected official pending the conclusion of the investigation.” He stated.
Further speaking, President Akufo Addo acknowledged the strategic mechanism laid out by the previous government in the fight against corruption in the country.
“Governments over the years have introduced a host of policies and measures including some unconventional and Draconian. We have propagated the anti-corruption decrees with provision for a lengthened jail’s term, the confiscated personal assets of public officials believe to have been corruptibly acquired. We have declared zero-tolerance of corruption, we have appealed to the good sense of Ghanaians through moral crusades for integrity, and given sermons on the sense of corruption.” He added.
Also speaking, Justice of the Supreme Court His Lordship Justice Yonny Kulendi also reiterated the commitment of the judiciary service in the fight against corruption in the country.
“The judiciary service is a key partner in the fight against corruption. We shall continue to discharge this role without fear or favor, affection or ill-will. We are also taking seriously our role in implementing the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP)”. He added
International Anti-Corruption Day is observed annually on December 9 since the United Nations General Assembly adopted the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) on October 31, 2003, to raise public awareness of the importance of anti-corruption initiatives in countering corruption and preventing it from undermining democratic institutions, eroding governmental stability, and slowing economic development.