Corruption: Be patient and allow institutions grow to tackle menace – Annoh-Dompreh urges

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Member of Parliament for Adoagyiri Nsawam, Frank Annoh-Dompreh as said anti-corruption institutions mist be allowed to grow in order to be able to deal effectively with the menace of graft in the country.

Contributing to a statement marking International Anticorruption Day in Parliament on Thursday December 9, he said while “we hope to see strong institutions, we must be patient to allow these institutions grow. Institutional capacity and consolidation takes time.”

The Special Prosecutor, Mr Kissi Agyebeng, had also said his office is going to fight the menace of corrupt public-sector contracts.

He described such contracts as toxic deals that must be rooted out from the society.

He said these while speaking at a forum as part of the International Anti-Corruption day and Anti-corruption week, in Accra on Thursday December 9.

“We will also carry out anti-corruption risk assessment and review from January 2021 of all major public contracts, legislations and draft legislations,” he said.

He added “This is intended to avoid toxic deals and the prevalence of judgement debts and arbitration awards.

“The office will also undertake continues education and information of the public and publicized acts of corruption.

“The OPS will vigorously  investigate and  prosecute cases of alleged  or suspected corruption and corruption  related offences  and recover proceeds of such  offences through  property tracing of  tainted property  and currency in line  with our vision of  rendering corruption  a costly enterprise.”

Mr Agyebeng further called on the government to make resources available to his office to enable it deliver on its mandate.

He explained that without the material resources available, the good intention to fight graft will be an illusion.

“I look forward to the provision of adequate funding and the necessary materials resources as stipulated in Article 6 and 36 of the UN Convention in carrying this challenging and solemn mandate.

“I cannot help but state without adequate funding and the provision of the necessary material resources the good intentions of my staff and would remain just good intentions, nothing concrete to show for it.

“As we mark the International anti-Corruption day and Anti-corruption week, I invite all well-meaning Ghanaians, let us turn the negative narrative of corruption, transform this republic and place it on a solid developmental track.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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