Govt urged to stop hooliganism, corruption

Panelists and participants at a forum to assess President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s one year in office have urged government to take concrete steps to work on its weaknesses to ensure effective governance.

 

They mentioned the weakness to include hooliganism by youth in the New Patriotic Party (NPP), perceived corruption, emphasis on party colour for appointment and several other lapses in governance.

 

According to the participants, addressing the weaknesses would help government execute its campaign promises before the end of its tenure and give a better account to Ghanaians.

 

At the event organised by the Ghana Centre for Democratic Development (CCD-Ghana) in Accra on Friday, they also praised government for successes chalked in the period under review.

 

The panelists were Prof Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, Executive Director of CDD; Dr. Kojo Asante, Senior Research Fellow of CDD and Dr Eric Oduro-Osae, Dean of Graduate Studies at the Institute of Local Government Studies.

 

The events presided over by Clara Beeri Kesser-Tee, a law lecturer at the University for Professional Studies, also had Sara Asafu-Adjaye, a member of CitizenGhana movement, as a panelist.

The first of the three part assessment, was on the theme, ‘Political governance and culture’. It was attended by representatives of political parties, academics and the public.

 

The panelists lauded President Nana Akufo-Addo for nominating former Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, saying it was an indication of the President’s strongwill to fight corruption.

 

Prof Gyimah-Boadi, in his assessment, said there had not been enough signs of positive change in the last year but was hopeful that there could be some improvement in the coming years.

 

He commended the President for his interaction with former presidents, leadership of political parties, media and civil society on diverse issues saying such meetings, were signs of positive leadership.

 

On shortcomings of government, he expressed disappointment in the asset declaration regime and the lack of law to back the implementation of the free Senior High School (SHS) programme.

 

He also critiqued the wholesale removal of chief executives of state owned enterprises and dissolutions of their boards, which he said created dangerous oversight gap.

 

Dr. Asante extolled government for beginning the prosecution of alleged corrupt public officials and the special prosecutor bill but urged government to ensure the right to information bill was also passed to take the fight to another level.

Dr Oduro-Osae, taking his turn to assess government, stressed the need for the free SHS programme to be decentralised so challenges could be handled at the local level faster.

 

Ms. Asafu-Adjaye lauded government for the free SHS programme and the fight against illegal mining popularly called “galamsey” and urged government to handle hooliganism the same way it was handling galamsey.

 

The Ranking Member on Parliament’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs, Inusah Fuseini, speaking on behalf of the National Democratic Congress, charged government to end the  lawlessness in the country.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

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