President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo believes the position of Special Prosecutor will instill some sanity in Ghana’s public space.
Nana Addo said all cases of corruption and misappropriation of public funds will be independently and thoroughly investigated for the law to take its course.
He said the level of corruption has stalled the development of the economy adding that Ghanaians should expect more prosecutions in the months ahead.
In a speech to mark the 61st Independence Day celebration at the Independence Square, he said “Fellow Ghanaians, corruption, or, more specifically, the stealing of public funds, continues to hold back the development of our nation.”
He said all cases of corruption and misappropriation of public funds will be independently and thoroughly investigated for the law to take its course.
According to him, the recent disallowance of the payment of GH¢5.4 billion by the Auditor-General was commendable since that amount can give a boost to the Free SHS programme.
He explained that “corruption is not a partisan matter and we must all act to protect the public purse”.
He added: “With the office of the Special Prosecutor now in place, we can expect more prosecutions for corruption in the coming months, and public officials, present and past, should be on notice that they would be held accountable for their actions.
“There is, however, one piece of the anti-corruption framework that is yet to be put in place; the Right to Information Act. It would increase transparency and add another critical weapon to the armoury in the fight against corruption. After many years of hesitation, we intend to bring a bill again to Parliament and work to get it passed into law before Parliament rises.
“The protection of the public purse is a social common good, and it depends on all of us. It is in all our interest that corruption does not thrive, and we police each other’s behaviour. Going beyond aid means Ghanaians should not serve as fronts for foreign companies to defraud our country. It will mean we all pay our taxes, and it will mean we all help to take care of government property as though it were our own.”