Scares Whistleblowers With State Security
President Akufo-Addo, is redefining corruption in Ghana, daring his critics and whistleblowers to support their claims of corruption made against his appointees with hard core evidence, as he is prepared to deal with such matters using the state security apparatus.
He said, those with the evidence would be made to meet with state security apparatus, whom he had instructed to deal with any allegation of corruption.
His pledged is sharp departure from his position while in opposition. His new position also scares away whistleblowers helping in the fight against corruption, as they will be afraid to sound alarm on t corruption and who is committing it. Indeed, most security agencies, have been politicized with the citizens losing confidence in them.
The Herald, recently reported about how some dockets involving 12 ministers in the Akufo-Addo government are supposed to face prosecution for wrongs they committed while serving in the John Kufuor administration.
In opposition, Nana Akufo-Addo, Vice President, Dr. Bawumia and members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), made allegations against the governments of John Evans Atta Mills and John Dramani Mahama without substantiating them.
He said, any allegation of corruption against any of his appointees would be investigated, vigorously and thoroughly, by the security agencies, whom he had put on red alert.
“I am not going to preside over a government that is corrupt…any allegation made against any of my officials that is genuine would be investigated,” President Akufo-Addo said at the National Annual Delegates Conference of the NPP at the University of Cape Coast.
For instance, President Akufo-Addo, claimed that the cost of Kasoa Interchange in the Central Region, had been bloated to put money in the pockets of then President Mahama. His party had also accused him of inflating the prices of some aircrafts bought for the Ghana Armed Forces.
The US$510 Ameri power project was also said by the NPP to be inflated without any evidence.
Energy Minister, Boakye-Agyarko, had problems at the Parliament Appointment Committee for claiming he had a report in which International Momentary Fund (IMF) and World Bank, raised queries about suspected acts of corruption in finding solutions to the perennial energy crisis popularly called “dumsor”. He could not submit the report when asked, and had to apologize.
Meanwhile, several allegations of corruption, have been made against Akufo-Addo administration, including the controversial BOST contaminated fuel, the Franklin Templeton US$2.25 billion bond, the missing Cocaine from the Tema Habour, the Army Worm purchases among others, and they are yet to be investigated.
MP for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong, has equally made allegations of corruption against some of the appointees.
Mr. Agyepong, who is a known financier of the party, accused a staffer at the Flagstaff House the seat of government of demanding US$20,000 from an investor before allowing the person to see President Akufo-Addo, adding, some of those around the President are busy using their presence in his office to extort monies from people who want to invest in the economy.
At the Cape Coast event, President Akufo-Addo, vowed not to preside over a corrupt government, warning his appointees that the law would catch up with them if found engaging in practices that demean good governance.
The President, said the people of Ghana have put their trust in the NPP Administration, thus, any official in his government, who attempts to abuse that trust, will be severely sanctioned.
He said, the Party has put in a lot of effort to get to where it has gotten to, hence he will not allow anyone to “rock and capsize the boat.”
The President said in as much as he has directed the law enforcement agencies to investigate acts of corruption, those who made the allegations should be able to substantiate them for the law to take its course.
He gave the assurance that his government, and indeed the NPP, will be faithful to guarantee the freedoms of the people and fulfill all the pledges it made to ensure principled governance.
“Failed promises undermine our prospects and the confidence people have in political leaders…I will not allow anyone to capsize our boat,” he said.
According to him, already, government’s policies geared at bettering the socio-economic fortunes of Ghana are yielding results, and by the end of his term, Ghana would have witnessed unprecedented prosperity.
He said, he had confidence in Ghana’s future, adding that “we will stay on course to ensure double digit growth to transform the economy of our great country”.
The President, however, cautioned that the success of his government was dependent on the conduct of his officials, saying; “Our conduct is what will determine our success”.
“If we conduct ourselves well, and respect the vision and aspirations of Ghanaians, we are assured of victory upon victory,” he said.