Prof. Yankah laments growing lack of will to fight corruption at presidency

President of the Central University College in Accra Professor Kwesi Yankah, has questioned the commitment of anti-corruption campaigners in government to fight the menace in the Mahama-led administration.

According to him, utterances of individuals like Daniel Batidam, who advises the president on governance and corruption leave much to be desired.

Speaking at a one-day anti-corruption conference organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs, IEA, Tuesday, Prof Yankah said the spate of corruption has become a national security issue.

“It is undemocratic to expect the Presidency to lead the anti-corruption drive. Mahama is not a judge to fight corruption; they say.

“With such a lame excuse for lack of anti-corruption initiatives within the presidency, one will wonder if the terms of reference in Batidam’s appointment letter will hold since his boss is not a judge,” he charged.

He continued :” One wonders why the anti-corruption principles of crusaders suddenly evaporate into thin air in critical hours of being at the Presidency”.

In his view, corruption in the country has attained frightening heights and must be addressed immediately.

He said the tendency of government appointees embroiled in corruption scandals to later find work at the presidency is making that office a “comfortable refuge for the corrupt”.

Prof Kwesi Yankah mentioned former Sports minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah who after a scandal-plagued Word Cup showing in Brazil was quickly reshuffled to the presidency.

He said Mr. Ankrah, widely believed to have performed poorly as a minister under whose aegis the World Cup fiasco occurred now finds himself among the presidential staff at the Flagstaff House.

According to Prof. Yankah, the failure to investigate appointees of government mired in corruption-related matters was fueling the perception there is a lack of will to fight the canker.

Professor Yankah’s comment comes not too long after a public survey by the IEA rated the Office of the President as the second institution perceived to be the most corrupt after the police service which traditionally takes the lead in most corruption perception indexes.


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