The founding President of IMANI-Africa, one of Africa’s policy think tanks, Mr. Franklin Cudjoe has intimated that, the root cause of Ghana’s corruption, lies within the political establishments.
He said, if we want to fight corruption, we must start the fight from the office of the government machinery, because that is where the office of the President is located. This however, makes the budget there so huge every year.
“If we look at the office of the government machinery for instance in the Mahama’s Administration, they budgeted GH¢ 671m for the office in 2016. By the midst of 2016, they had spent GH¢ 3 billion and by the end of 2016, they spent GH¢ 6 billion. The NPP administration also came and budgeted GH¢ 1.5 billion for the office. In fact, as we speak, the report is not out yet for us to determine how much they spent. For all you know they may have spent more than the GH¢1.5 billion. We only have to wait for the report,” Mr Cudjoe highlighted.
“In 2018, they budgeted a whooping sum of GH¢3 billion for the office of government machinery. We questioned them and they said, there are a lot of Ministries there. Consistently, you can see that it has been the most wasteful and actually the warehouse of corruption.
That is why we are saying that, if we want to fight corruption, let’s start from the office of government machinery because they put up all these duplicated agencies that are not needed,” Mr. Cudjoe stressed.
“Look at the Ministry for Special Development Initiatives for instance, it should be scrapped. Look at them trying to create a website for close to $200,000, scrapping it saves Ghana GH¢300 million immediately. I mean what are they doing? Nothing! what are they doing that the rest of the ministries can’t do?. We do don’t need that ministry,” he further stressed on.
He said, government must scrape MASLOC, Scholarship Secretariat, Ghana Aids Commission which are all within the office of government machinery. “It doesn’t make sense, we are not growing, we’re only retrogressing. In fact, we are actually building the stomach infrastructure of politicians, it’s hideous. Because, a country where we only have 54 ambulances,…we have more V8 cars than ambulances, that’s a clammish country,” he said.
Mr. Franklin Cudjoe, therefore charged Journalists to be circumspect to follow the tax payers’ monies, the projects and policies put in the public domain by these politicians and unravel every hidden truth.
He made these assertions while delivering a lecture on a topic, ‘’Identifying Policy Gaps and Right Headline, Right Content’’, at a two-day training course of the 2018 African Journalists for Economic Opportunities (AJEOT) organized by the Institute For Liberty And Policy Innovation (ILAPI) at Koforidua in the Eastern region.
The event saw many experienced resource persons like Peter Bismarck, the President of ILAPI, Evans Badu Boampong, the Vice President of ILAPI, Belinda Odek, the President of YAFO, Kenya, Vincent De Camara from Switzerland, Tom Palmer, USA, Ebenezer Nii Tackie, Ghana, Brian Baugus, USA, Bright Nkyi, Ghana, Abdul Rahman Sarpong, Ghana, Thomas Adedayo from Nigeria, Dr. Steve Davis, IEA UK, Evans Kissi, Ghana, and about twenty journalists across Africa.
By: Sammy Adjei/Newsghana.com.gh