‘Quit campaigning with state money’

Political parties must stop using state resources to finance their activities when they are voted into office, a lecturer at the Finance Department of the University of Ghana Business School (UGBS), Dr Lord Mensah, has cautioned.

He argued that political parties need to make public their sources of funding and stop diverting state money into their coffers if the country is to make positive strides.

In an interview, he lamented the practice of leaders inflating the cost of projects in order to use part of the money to defray their expenses incurred during the electioneering period prior to being elected into office.

Dr Mensah noted that the country loses huge amounts of resources due to the practice and poses several problems for the country, leading to underdevelopment.

He called for immediate attention to the problem, while advocating an end to such bad decisions by politicians.

“The politicians or people aspiring to be the managers of this economy should be able to declare their source of finance because of all these problems we are having in this country, where projects are not going to where they are supposed to be,” he said.

Dr Mensah added “projects that are not needed going to other places all boil down to the source of finance where political parties get into power and it is a sort of payback time to engage in projects where you can underestimate or overestimate to make your profits”.

He explained that it was the time for politicians in power to recoup whatever they invested in the party during campaign time.

Dr Mensah said it would be a key metric that will inform the decision of the electorate as the country heads into elections on November 7.


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