Fight Corruption With Action — Emile Short Urges President

Justice Francis Emile ShortJustice Francis Emile Short has asked  President John Mahama’s administration to endeavour to fight corruption with “action” and not through “committees”.

The former Commissioner of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) said on Tuesday that it was necessary corruption was fought head on.

Over the past few months, alleged corruption, involving the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA), the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) and the Ghana Revenue Agency (GRA) have popped up.
SADA allegedly frittered GH¢45 million of poverty reduction funds to non-existent guinea fowl and afforestation projects, in the Northern parts of the country.

GYEEDA was alleged to have diverted over Ghc200 million diverting into private pockets in dubious deals under various modules of the youth employment programme.

A presidential task force recently indicted 280 private and public institutions and companies in a GH¢700 million tax evasion scandal at bonded warehouses. The fraud was perpetrated with the connivance of customs officials of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA).
The GRA also allegedly paid GH¢75 million to International Technology firm, Subah Info Solutions for mobile phone traffic monitoring services which were allegedly not rendered.

Various committees have been set up to probe all these scandals.  However, Justice Short advocated the government should move beyond setting up committees to investigate its own officials and rather punish the culprits.

He said elsewhere in the world, corrupt public officials were held accountable through prosecution and imprisonment and wondered why the situation was so different in Ghana.

“There’s very little accountability in our society, what people want to see is action. If people have been implicated in corrupt activities, they should be arrested, prosecuted and let us see the end of it,” Justice Short stressed.

He argued that “effective investigations and prosecution” were “the greatest deterrents”, because corruption has to be a “high risk” and a “low gain” activity.

“If people think that the risk is not high [they get corrupt] because those who engage in corruption, they calculate the risks and the benefits, so we have to make corruption a high risk activity and a low gain one,” the former CHRAJ boss stated. Source: ghanaweb

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