General News of Thursday, 9 January 2014


Mahama should audit the lifestyle of his ministers - MP

Ursula Owusu, Member of Parliament for Ablekuma West of the New Patriotic Party, has called on President John Dramani Mahama to assess the lifestyles of his government officials as part of his plans to combat corruption in the nation.

According to Ursula Owusu, it is prudent for President John Mahama to take his cabinet Ministers and officials within his administration through a "lifestyle audit" if he desires to avert the influx of corruptible practices that have since become the bane of the economy.

She was responding to the President's remark on the issue of corruption.

Answering a question on corruption in an interaction with senior journalists at the Flagstaff House on Tuesday, January 7, to commemorate his one year in office, President Mahama reiterated his commitment to fight the canker.

In his view, corruption amounts to nothing but 'mass murder’ and is one of the topical issues that deprive government of resources needed to better the lives of Ghanaians.

Speaking on Oman FM's political analysis programme, Hon. Ursula Owusu bemoaned some actions and inactions of parliamentarians in the country.

She expressed disappointment in the legislative House, stressing that her hopes for aspiring to be a Member of Parliament is at the verge of collapse due to the inability of the members to take practical steps to enhance the progress of the economy.

She posited that the leaders and parliamentarians, including herself, should rise up to the occasion and ensure that they do things differently to achieve the much-needed results.

“He should compare their lifestyle with their salary and assess it to find out if their pay is commensurate with the kind of lifestyles they are living in this country…Let us start doing things differently. We can’t do the same things and expect different results. So, if we want Ghanaians to take us seriously, we all; let us wake up from our slumber.”