Akufo – Addo: I’ll set up Special Prosecutor to deal with corruption

The flagbearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has given the strongest indication yet that under his government, he will “create the office of the Special Prosecutor, independent of the executive arm of government to ensure there is accountability.”

This comment followed many anti corruption plans outlined by the leader of the NPP when he addressed party supporters in the United Kingdom where he visiting for a few days. Nana Addo who is seeking a third time bid to lead Ghana also said “if your goal for coming into government is to enrich yourself then don’t come’. 

Nana Addo advised such people to go into the private sector if ‘enriching themselves’ would be their aim under his government.

While condemning the scale of corruption in the country, the NPP Presidential Candidate observed that the situation where every contract is being let by sole sourcing provides the grounds for corruption. ‘There is an urgent need for competitive bidding for all government contracts to ensure value for money’, he added.

Nana Addo said a future NPP government will create an atmosphere and culture of accountability and do everything possible to remove corruption from every area of our public life. 

The Presidential candidate for the NPP bemoaned the harsh economic situation in the country that has left many young men and women desperate and in despair. He stated that an NPP government under his leadership will create a conducive atmosphere for the growth of the private sector since the private sector holds the key to economic transformation. Nana Addo observed that Ghana’s economy cannot continue to rely on the export of raw materials. 

‘There is a need for a paradigm shift to a value added economy’ he stated. He further noted the country under an NPP government will expand agriculture production and restructure the financial sector to support economic growth.

Nana Addo recalled the progress the country made in 8 years of President Kufour’s government and said ‘this is what a country under good leadership can achieve’ to a loud applause of approval from the crowd. 

On issues concerning mainline politics, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo – Addo indicated that Electoral Commissioner has an opportunity to give Ghana a fresh start by preparing a new voters’ register. 

He told the meeting 56% of the 25 million Ghanaians registered as voters is an anomaly that has to be addressed with urgency. Nana Addo called on Ghanaians everywhere to join in the crusade for a new voters’ register. 

He was speaking to a large crowd of Ghanaians from Manchester, Liverpool, Hull, Leeds, Sheffield, Bradford, Birmingham among others from the Northern part of England

By Martin Asiedu-Dartey|3news.com|Ghana

@NewsyMartin