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General News of Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Prof. Adei helped train ‘glorified thieves’ - MP hits back

Professor Stephen Adei Professor Stephen Adei

Member of Parliament for the Nkoranza-North Constituency and a member of the privileges committee in the legislative House, Hon. Major Derrick Oduro (Rtd) has criticized former rector of GIMPA, Prof. Stephen Adei, for comments he made about MPs over the weekend.

It could be recalled that, the former rector of GIMPA, Prof. Stephen Adei accused Members of Parliament of taking bribes.

The former rector alleged that, “at least 8 in 10 politicians in Ghana are glorified thieves although almost every need of theirs is met by the state; we have to stop it."

However, in an interview with the host of the breakfast show on rainbow radio, the honorable Member of Parliament described the statement by the former rector as unfortunate, misguided and irresponsible.

"If he said we also take bribes for our girlfriends, then maybe his daughters may have benefited from those monies since Prof. Adei is so sure of his scandalous allegations," he added.

Hon. Oduro, who appeared very heated, posited that if indeed Prof. Adei made those statements, then he as a Professor and a trainer of the majority of the MPs, has helped train 'glorified thieves' and corrupt politicians.

The member of the privileges committee was highly disappointed in the statements made by the former rector and has refuted the claims, charging Prof. Adei to provide evidence to back his allegations.

Hon. Oduro said, "I will agree with Prof. Adei on the premise that, he has taught leaders to be corrupt with his 'corrupt' lecturers, and, therefore, what does he expect from his 'corrupt leaders' with his corrupt lectures; garbage in garbage out.’’

He explained that as members of the various committees of Parliament, they do their work with due diligence; they scrutinize, analyze and probe any document brought before them so they cannot be accused of taking bribes.

According to the legislator, he would not be surprised if the former rector retracts his statements when he is dragged before the privileges committee, because some Ghanaians who have made similar comments in the past have always retracted whenever they are dragged before the legislative house.

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