President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has acknowledged that the Office of Special Prosecutor will not have the panacea to the quest to ending corruption among public officials.
“But I do believe that at least the Office will remove the fear of partisan prosecution and begin to put the fear of God in all public officials who are intending to go down the path of corruption.”
President Akufo-Addo expressed this sentiment on Wednesday when he met some selected journalists at the Banquet Hall of the Flagstaff House.
He said he believes the assenting to the Office of Special Prosecutor Bill on Tuesday, January 2 was an indication of his determination to fight corruption.
Wednesday’s media encounter was to open up government to questions from the journalists after a year in office.
President Akufo-Addo reiterated that the nomination of Martin Amidu, an anti-graft crusader and a former Attorney General, as the first Special Prosecutor goes to prove his will to reduce corruption among appointees, both past and present.
The president expressed satisfaction how allegations against his appointees have been subjected to investigations by independent bodies “and the findings so far made public”.
He cited allegations against then Energy Minister-designate Boakye Agyarko, the Chief Executive Officer of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) and Trades Ministry as regards the 2017 Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA) as cases investigated or under investigation.
“No evidence has been adduced to suggest mildly the perpetration of any act of corruption.”
But President Akufo-Addo was worried “some people appear determined to stick to their politically-motivated view that there has been corruption”.
He dared those making those allegations to provide the evidence to see if any of his appointees will survive.
“I have greater interest in my appointees not being corrupt than any critic could possibly have.
“Try me. Produce the evidence to back the allegation, and see what the reaction will be.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana