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 Combating Corruption at the Core of My Government, Says Akufo-Addo

President Highlights Key Measures and Reforms in Anti-Corruption Drive

by Motoni Olodun

Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo has reiterated his administration’s unwavering commitment to combating corruption, emphasizing that anti-corruption efforts remain a central focus of his government. Speaking at a recent public event, Akufo-Addo highlighted various measures implemented to enhance transparency and accountability in governance.

Akufo-Addo asserted that since assuming office, his administration has prioritized the fight against corruption, implementing robust policies and reforms aimed at eradicating this pervasive issue. “The core of my government has been combating corruption. We have taken significant steps to ensure that corruption is not tolerated in any form within our public institutions,” he stated.

One of the key initiatives underscored by the President is the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor. This independent body was created to investigate and prosecute corruption cases involving public officials and private individuals. Akufo-Addo noted that the Special Prosecutor’s office has been instrumental in handling high-profile corruption cases, thereby reinforcing the government’s commitment to transparency and justice.

In addition to the Special Prosecutor’s office, the government has introduced several legislative measures to strengthen the legal framework against corruption. Among these is the passage of the Right to Information (RTI) Act, which provides citizens with greater access to information held by public institutions. The RTI Act is seen as a vital tool for promoting accountability and empowering citizens to hold their leaders accountable.

Furthermore, the Akufo-Addo administration has undertaken reforms to enhance public financial management. These include the implementation of the Public Financial Management Act, which aims to improve the efficiency and accountability of public financial resources. The Act mandates stringent financial reporting and auditing processes, ensuring that public funds are used effectively and transparently.

President Akufo-Addo also highlighted efforts to digitize government services, which he believes can reduce opportunities for corruption by minimizing human interaction in public service delivery. The digitization of services such as passport applications, business registrations, and tax filings has not only streamlined processes but also curbed corrupt practices associated with these services.

Despite these measures, the President acknowledged that the fight against corruption is an ongoing battle that requires continuous effort and vigilance. He called on all Ghanaians to support the government’s anti-corruption initiatives and to report any corrupt activities they encounter.

Opposition parties and critics, however, have expressed skepticism about the effectiveness of the government’s anti-corruption efforts. They argue that despite the President’s rhetoric, corruption remains a significant issue in Ghana, citing instances where allegations of corruption have not led to prosecutions or convictions.

In response to these criticisms, Akufo-Addo emphasized that his government is committed to upholding the rule of law and ensuring that justice is served without fear or favor. He urged the judiciary and law enforcement agencies to carry out their duties impartially and to expedite the handling of corruption cases.

International bodies and transparency organizations have taken note of Ghana’s efforts to combat corruption. The country’s ranking on the Transparency International Corruption Perceptions Index has shown some improvement, reflecting the impact of the government’s initiatives. However, there is consensus that more needs to be done to sustain and build on these gains.

As Ghana continues its journey towards greater transparency and accountability, the government’s focus on anti-corruption measures remains a critical component of its governance strategy. The successful implementation of these measures will be pivotal in restoring public trust and fostering a culture of integrity within Ghana’s public institutions.

Source: ghanaweb.com

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