Anti- graft crusader and former Member of Parliament (MP) for Esikuma-Odobin-Brakwa constituency, PC Appiah Ofori has stated that the fight against public corrupt officials will not be easy.
He stated that the country will continue to depend on foreign donations for development if corruption is not tackled to the core.
The former Member of Parliament also stated that it will take pragmatic steps by the ruling government to curb this act for the country to be self sufficient.
‘We should forget Ghana Beyond aid when corruption is swallowing us, not only in the public sector but the private as well’ He stated
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his 61st anniversary address stated that stealing of public funds continues to hold back Ghana’s development, adding that corruption is not a partisan matter, and all Ghanaians must act to protect the public purse.
According to President Akufo-Addo, “with the office of the Special Prosecutor now in place, we can expect more prosecutions for corruption in the coming months, and public officials, present and past, should be on notice that they would be held accountable for their stewardship of our public finances.”
President Akufo-Addo made this known on Tuesday, 6th March, 2018, at the country’s 61st Independence Day celebration, at the Black Star Square.
Speaking on the comments made by the president, PC Appiah Ofori stated that the president will do well if he strengthens the special prosecutor’s office with the requisite tools to fight this act.
“It is so sad that people always limit themselves to the public sector when it comes to corruption, the private sector’s level of corruption is overwhelming. So I will encourage the president to widen his scope in fighting this act. He needs to go beyond the report from the auditor general” He stated.
PC Appiah Ofori in a telephone conversation on Ahotor FM’s morning show with Onantifour Addea Mununkum also stated that the country can go beyond aid if the fight against corruption is tackled at all fronts with all the seriousness it deserves.
Daniel Koranteng Kwagyiri|ahotoronline.com|Ghana