President John Dramani Mahama has pledged that government will do everything within it power to make corruption non-attractive. He said his administration would punish individuals especially public office holders who would be found culpable in any corrupt act.
President Mahama said this when he opened a two day high-level Conference on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP) in Accra on Monday.
The conference, which was organised under the auspices of the Commission on Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) brought together civil society groups, traditional authorities, members of parliament and other relevant stakeholders in the fight against corruption.
He said so far over three hundred individuals and public officials are facing trial for various offences in the country’s courts adding that service providers who bridged their contracts will be held to refund monies to government.
President Mahama said Ghanaians have the power to fight corruption by exposing acts of corruption and demand accountability from public officials. He however, advised against the politicisation of corrupt practices since such behaviour could be dangerous to the efforts at fighting the canker.
President Mahama also challenged ministers who are the lead implementing bodies of the auditor general’s report to initiate steps to punish officials that have been indicted by the Auditor General in the course of their duty.
The National Anti-Corruption Action Plan(NACAP) is a national plan of action developed in 2012 to combat corruption in Ghana in the next ten years.
Its main purpose is to create a sustainable democratic society in Ghana,which is founded on good governance and imbued with high ethics and integrity.
Among the objectives of NACAP, is to build public capacity to condemn and fight corruption, and make its practice a high-risk, low-gain activity, as well as institutionalise efficiency, accountability and transparency in the public and private sectors.
Earlier, the Deputy Attorney General Dr Dominic Ayine said, the fight against corruption requires inter agency corporation and collective efforts. He hinted that his outfit has retrieved several millions of Dollars from dubious governmental transactions.
Here is the transcript of the President Mahama’s address: Anti-Corruption Speech (PDF file)