Anti-graft campaigners berates govt approach to fighting corruption

 Mr Batidam

Mr Batidam

Anti-corruption campaigners have criticised President Nana Akufo-Addo’s approach to fighting corruption since it fails to exude confidence.

They stated that the President is sidelining existing national frameworks to tackle the problem and is instead waging the war on graft with mere statements and promises.

A member of the African Union Advisory Board on Corruption, Daniel Batidam, said it was unfortunate that the President has failed to support the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP), for instance.

NACAP is a 10-year blueprint for fighting corruption that started in 2015 and is expected to end in 2025.

It was formulated based on consensus with various stakeholders and unanimously approved by Parliament as a working document to tackle corruption in the country.

Mr Batidam, who was Advisor on governance to former President John Mahama, noted that President Akufo-Addo is busily making promises instead of getting to work on existing frameworks.

“You can’t fight corruption by just making statements, you must give expression to the statements you make by asking the question how.

“Every public policy student knows that the questions you must ask every policy maker is ‘How are you going to do the things you say you are going to do?’

“We have been on a certain path for some time and I was very, very sad and disappointed when in the President’s first opportunity to engage the media [he failed to mention] the word NACAP, in terms of how he intends to address corruption in this country,” Mr Batidam stressed.
Programmes Manager at the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Awelana-Addah, indicated that the President must investigate allegations of corruption leveled against some government officials because that will prove his resolve to fighting corruption.

New Patriotic Party (NPP) stalwart, and Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong, recently alleged that a presidential staffer demanded $20,000 from an unnamed investor who wanted to meet President Akufo-Addo.

He made similar corruption allegations in the past and said though the president is unaware of such happenings in his office, some of those around him are busy using their positions to extort monies from people who want to invest in the economy.
Madam Awelana-Addah said claims such as those made by Mr Agyapong must not be allowed to pass without a probe. –

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