Stand up against corruption – Mahama charges Ghanaians

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President John Mahama has charged Ghanaians to stand up against

corruption which has become a canker in the country.

The President attributed the "absurd rate of corruption recorded in

the country to institutional weakness that had created loopholes for

individuals and organisations to take advantage of."

Ghana is dealing with a plethora of corruption scandals that has

rocked the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in the

last few years.

Notable among them is the payment of GHC 51 million to businessman,

Alfred Woyome, the Savannah Accelerated Development Authority(SADA)

project, Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development

Agency(GYEEDA) scandal, and recently the alleged corrupt acts which

took place during Ghana's participation in the 2014 World Cup


The Commissioner of the Commission of Human Right and Administrative

Justice (CHRAJ), Lauretta Lamptey, has also been in the news for

wasting huge sums of money on rent and renovation of her official


Various findings by the Judgement Debt Commissionhas also revealed a

number of shady deals from public officials that have come before it.

President Mahama who was addressing the Ghanaian community in

Massachusetts, USA, as part his 10-day official visit to that country

said Government was reviewing the procurement laws to reduce the sole

sourcing contracts where the malpractices and corrupt activities were

envisaged to be emanating from.

President Mahama disclosed that he had "directed the Chief of Staff to

write to all organisations asking them to feed the Presidency with the

housing system for their chief executives and their management staff."

He said it was only after receiving reports from various organisations

that his administration would be in the position to determine how to

handle and avoid waste in the public sector.

He said he had ordered that pre-paid electricity metres be installed

in the houses of all government appointees, where they would be

compelled to pay for their own utility bills.

Professor Kwamena Panford, a leader of the Ghanaian community in the

US, commended President Mahama for recognising their presence in


He said they had a strong and vibrant association that had, over the

years, compelled members to contribute in all forms towards the

socio-economic development of their villages and communities in Ghana.

By: citifmonline.com/with files from GNA

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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