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General News of Friday, 19 January 2018

Source: mynewsgh.com

Ghanaians question Akufo-Addo’s stance against corruption

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

Ghanaians have expressed dissatisfaction with the President’s response to alleged corrupt practices involving some of his appointees which that happened in his government in 2017.

During Wednesday’s media encounter to mark one year of his administration, the President dismissed claims by those impugning corruption into the alleged ‘cash for seats’ involving some expatriates at the Millennium Excellence Awards.

The fees were charged by the Trade Ministry and the Millennium Excellence Foundation, organizers of the Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).

When the President was asked on what basis or how he could have come to the conclusion that the Ministry of Trade has been cleared of extortion allegations that were made- frivolous or otherwise when indeed the parliamentary committee has just begun its work, he simply described the allegation as flimsy and irresponsible.

“In fact, I think that the position that I have taken potentially…could land me into a lot of problems which is to say that any allegation that is made against any appointee of mine will be investigated”

“And that opens you up for having to investigate even the flimsiest and irresponsible allegations that are made. …like for instance what is going on in parliament now,” the President said.



But reacting to the response of the President to the GEBA scandal, the Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa, Mr. Sulemana Braimah expressed his disappointment about the President’s posture at the event.

“The worst moment in the president’s responses was his attempt to discount or dismiss the on-going bi-partisan investigations into what has become known as the “cash for seat” saga. Indeed, the President’s comment devalues the on-going work of the bi-partisan committee. This is especially so because the President in his introductory remarks took pride in the fact that under the first year of his administration, a number of bi-partisan investigative committees have been set up to investigate allegations of wrongdoing,” the Foundation said in an analytical report released Wednesday.