Okudzeto Ablakwa: CDD survey calls for concern

The Member of Parliament (MP) for North Tongu in the Volta Region, Okudzeto Ablakwa, has urged the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to accept and work on the recent survey by the Centre for Democratic Development-Ghana (CDD-Ghana).

“You should be able to accept that this survey calls for concern, we accept it, we will work on it and you can go further to talk about what you are going to do but do not be dismissive and say it is all propaganda and the people are being fed with propaganda.

“The Power Distribution System scandal is not propaganda, Ameri Innovation contract which would have cost this country a loss of $800million is not propaganda, over 5million tonnes of fuel that got missing at the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport up to now, nobody has been held liable, is not propaganda. The Australian Visa scandal is not propaganda,” Mr Ablakwa stressed.

He insisted that there had been very palpable, tangible, concrete examples of corruption and the president himself has had to fire people, promise investigations except often the investigations led to nowhere. 

Mr Ablakwa, who is the Ranking Member on Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, comments come on the back of the 2020 post-election CDD survey that revealed that 62 per cent of Ghanaians are not confident in the Akufo-Addo-led administration ability to curb corruption.

Also, 53 per cent of respondents said they were not confident in government’s ability to protect the country’s financial resources by promoting probity, accountability and transparency in public service.

Mr Ablakwa rebuffed claim from Peter Mac Manu, stalwart of New Patriotic Party (NPP) results of recent post-election survey was influenced by “propaganda” and cited multiple scandals which were reported in the first term of President Akufo-Addo, which the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other critics were not responsible for.

Earlier, Mr Mac Manu suggested that responses only came as reaction to persistent propaganda but Mr Ablakwa noted that all Ghanaians witnessed hounding of Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo from office and nobody had been punished for Australia visa scandal.

Responding, Buaben Asamoa, the Communications Director of the NPP, said without prejudice to reported misdeeds, spin being put on them could affect voter behaviour and botched Power Distribution System deal is in court and could unfairly affect responses from voters on commitment, determination and dedication to fight corruption.–myjoyonline.com

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