It’s not only corruption involving politicians, high profile persons that hinders growth – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that corruption is a serious challenge that is affecting the progress of the nation.

He indicated that all efforts must be marshalled to reduce the practice to its lowest ebb in order to realise the needed growth and progress of the nation.

Speaking at an international conference on anti-corruption in Accra on Friday December 10, Mr Akufo-Addo said that it is not only corruption involving high profile persons and politicians that retard growth. Rather, he said, all the petty corrupt practices in all aspect of life negatively affect the nation.

He said “Corruption has been a perennial problem for  several decades . Everyone in this room is well aware of the danger  it poses to our nation. In trying to address the menace, governments  over the years have introduced  a host of policies and measures including some unconventional and draconian ones.

“We have promulgated anticorruption decrees with provisions for lengthy jails. We have confiscated  personal assets of public officials  believed to have been corruptly acquired. We have declared zero tolerance  against corruption, we had appealed to the good sense of  the Ghanaian  through moral crusade for  integrity  and giving sermons on the sins of corruption. 

“We have passed anti-corruption  laws, we have strengthened  the anticorruption  institutions and undertaken  public sector  financial management and  institutional reforms. We have also ratified regional, international anticorruption convention as expressions of our commitment to the global fight  against corruption. We have even  tie people to the stake merely  of suspicion of them  being corrupt  and shot them dead.

“We have done all these , we have the laws, we have  the institutions  and yet the problem persists . But it is worth bearing  in mind  that it is not only the  headline corruption , the type that involved politicians  and high profile figures  that retards our  progress  and hinders our development. 

“The driver who knowingly puts a faulty vehicle on the road  with the intention of  paying bribe  s to the traffic Police man,  the Policeman who takes  a bribe to allow  unlicensed drivers on the road , the planning official  who at the receipt of  a bribe  allows a house to be constructed  on the waterway , the GRA official  that accepts bribe  and allows goods in  without the payment of duties , the officials that allow  receipt of bribes  drugs to be imported into  and exported out of our country  and all the everyday petty bribe  taking. All such actions constitute corruption and retard our progress  even if they do not attract  headlines.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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