Information Minister dares critics to name corrupt officials

Mr Mustapha Hamid

Mr Mustapha Hamid

Government has asked anti-corruption crusaders and senior citizens to be specific with their allegations instead of making general statements.

This, according to Information Minister Mustapha Abdul-Hamid would enable government deal with the allegations effectively.

Interacting with the media yesterday, he described recent allegations by former Moderator of the Presbyterian church of Ghana, Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey as “nebulous.”

The outspoken former moderator is reported to have said at a lecture last week that government officials had started showing signs of corruption and further urged President Akufo-Addo to immediately stop them.

But reacting to the issue which has dominated the media, Mr Abdul-Hamid said in as much as government welcomed criticisms, it expects them to be based on actualities and not perception.

“ As a senior citizen , we would want to urge him to go beyond talking generalities to giving us concrete examples that we can put our hand on and make an example for people to be deterred.” he said.

He said President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo was determined to fight corruption and that any pointers to potential and actual corruptions will be dealt with head on.

He said government takes seriously views on corruption issues because the fight against corrupt is of high priority to government and that the President did not expect matters of corruption to be handled like any other political issue.

On the appointment of 110 ministers cited by Rev. Prof Martey as recipe for corruption, he said the numbers did not matter but rather, the attitude of the government on corruption.

He said government’s efforts to clean payroll off ghost names, action to reduce sole sourcing and ensure sanity in procurement regime, among others shows government’s resolve to protect the public purse.

By Jonathan Donkor

 

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