Ghanaian president bares teeth at corrupt officials

Ghanaian President John Dramani Mahama has bared his teeth against corrupt public officials.

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President Mahama
President Mahama

He on Wednesday warned that the government would not spare Chief Executive Officers of public institutions and Local government Chief Executives who flouted the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).

President Mahama
President Mahama

Addressing the second high level conference on NACAP to mark the International Anti-Corruption day, the president pledged the government would not relent in its efforts to implement the recommendations of NACAP as a channel of curbing corruption in the system.

In 2014, Ghana’s parliament adopted a 10-year National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP 2015-2024) as a non-partisan document, a blueprint for fighting corruption in the country.

The NACAP seeks to mobilize national efforts to ensure the effective control of corruption.

According to the president, all CEOs and Heads of Public Sector institutions had been directed to submit quarterly reports on the implementation of NACAP to the Monitoring and Evaluation Committee at Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice copying the office of the President (CHRAJ).

He however expressed disappointment that most of the CEOs had flouted this directive.

“If any head of institution does not do so, then he or she is in the wrong place. Government will not hesitate to deal with Heads and CEOs that will not comply,” Mahama warned.

Meanwhile, Mahama disclosed at the conference that the government had retrieved about 38.9 million Ghana cedis or 10.1 million U.S dollars from corrupt officials accused of stealing state funds.

He said this amount was recovered from the National Service Scheme and the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency.

According to CHRAJ reports, only 19 out of the 43 public institutions and their Chief Executives have complied with the demands of NACAP.

“The implementation of NACAP shall henceforth form a major criterion for assessing the performance of Ministries, Chief Directors and all Heads of Public Sector Institutions.

“This is a government directive and we will work with appropriate state institutions to enforce it,” Acting Chairman of CHRAJ, Richard Quayson, said. Enditem

Source: Xinhua

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