Akufo-Addo’s promise to protect public purse an illusion – Catholic Bishops’ Conference

Most Rev Philip Naameh

The Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference has described as a façade Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s promise while in opposition to protect the public purse should he assume office as president of Ghana.

President of the Conference, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, said during the 2021 plenary assembly in Wa in the Upper West Region, that the performance of the Akufo-Addo-led government so far leaves much to be desired.

He said what Ghanaians are experiencing by way of governance is a contradiction of what they were promised, a situation he said the government does not seem to care about.

“Though poverty stares us in the face, it appears lost to those with power. The expressed commitment of the president of the republic to protect the public purse, a promise that citizens welcomed, seems to be an illusion now”, he said.

Most Reverend Naameh also raised concerns about corruption and embezzlement in public offices.

“Are those managing the public purse not concerned about waste and misapplication of resources that belong to all Ghanaians? Can this be referred to as irresponsible use of power or the lack of compassion and empathy?”, he quizzed.

He again advised politicians not to take the will of the people for granted because “those who are entrusted with power that comes from our collective will must know that what they do with that (power) shapes what we all will become in the future”.


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