The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia says the Akufo-Addo administration has been peerless in showing ample commitment in the fight against corruption.
Although there have been questions over Nana Akufo-Addo’s determination to nip corruption in the bud, Bawumia said he can “confidently state that this government is the first in years to demonstrate an uncommon boldness and commitment to fighting corruption.”
Dr. Bawumia further outlined some initiatives the government has so far taken to fight corruption.
“Why do I say so? Over the last four years, we have strengthened the regulatory and legal framework to fight corruption, by implementing several digitisation initiatives as well as passing into law, several pieces of anti-corruption related legislation including the Witness Protection Act of 2018, the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act of 2018, and the Right to Information Act of 2019, to unearth public sector corruption,” he indicated.”
Speaking on Ghana’s economy during the government’s Nations Building Updates on Thursday, November 26, 2020, Dr. Bawumia said under Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration, “corruption has significantly reduced in places such as the Ports, DVLA, Passport office, NHIS and so on.”
The Nation Building Updates is a weekly event organized by the government under the auspices of the Ministry of Information to provide updates on key government projects, policies, and interventions.
Thursday’s event was held on the theme: “The future of Ghana’s economy”.
Dr. Bawumia used the opportunity to tout the government’s achievement in every sector of the economy.
The Vice President said Ghana, under Akufo-Addo’s administration, has seen the lowest depreciation of the cedi since 1992.
He said, in less than four years, the Akufo-Addo government has created two million jobs in the formal sector.
The Vice President noted that the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government apart from stabilising the economy is transforming same.
On the financial sector clean-up, Dr. Bawumia said the NPP government has so far spent GHS21 billion to settle customers.
Mahama slams Akufo-Addo’s handling of corruption fight
The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, has slammed President Akufo-Addo for what he says is the shielding of his appointees implicated in allegations of corruption.
Mr. Mahama has promised to allow institutions mandated to fight graft in his government a free hand if voted for come election 2020.
In an interview on Wezor TV while wrapping up his tour of the Ashanti Region, Mr. Mahama said President Akufo-Addo has not been firm enough on matters of corruption.
NDC tags Akufo-Addo as most corrupt leader in Ghana’s history; lists top 10 scandals
The NDC has on several occasions insisted that the brazen attempt by President Nana Akufo-Addo to brand himself as an incorruptible leader is a complete mockery.
The NDC maintains that President Akufo-Addo lacks the political will to fight corruption in the country.
The party, which presented what it calls “the top ten monumental scandals of the Akufo-Addo government,” cited among other things the PDS scandal, the BOST contaminated fuel saga, the alleged 500 missing excavators, contract for sale at PPA, and the Agyapa Royalties deal.
National Communication Officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi, at a media engagement on Thursday said these scandals are enough justification for Ghanaians to vote out the Akufo-Addo government on December 7, 2020.