General News of 2013-12-14

I’ve never seen corruption like this in Mahama’s govt - Franklin Cudjoe

Founding President and Chief Executive Officer of IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe, has said he is shocked at the level of corruption in President John Mahama’s government.
Speaking on ‘Burning Issues’ on Adom FM/Asempa FM, Cudjoe said “I have never seen in my entire life this level of corruption and waste in the country like under Mahama’s government.”
Cudjoe said since President Mahama appointed him as board member of a number public institutions, he has come across numerous cases of “gargantuan” corruption, most of which Ghanaians are not privy to.
He said it is sad for government to say that there is no money for the single spine salary structure.
Cudjoe asked, “what about the GYEEDA money - what about the Subah money - what about all these very nefarious, nicodamously arranged wicked enterprises, why should we ever not get our money back, this should never happen again in the history of Ghana.”
He said his empirical analysis shows that the country has lost more than Ghc4 billion through leakages and corruption such as ghost names on government payroll.
“It is obvious that there is capitalist cronyism going on in the country – where public officials give contracts to their cronies as a way of siphoning state funds into private pockets,” he said.
“I have never spoken this way before, but I do not think when someone gives you work to do you have to show them’ respect and make them think you like everything they are doing when in fact you know all is not well,” Cudjoe added.
The Economist said the president must take a very bold step in dealing with corruption rather than giving orders for reviews.
He however admitted that lately, the president’s demeanor indicates that he is committed to curbing high level corruption in the country.
Cudjoe advised the president to also follow perceived pro-opposition media and act on the criticisms, instead of focusing on the pro-government media, which only sing government’s praises and do not put government on its toes.
He said his outfit is ready to support the president to curtail corruption in the country.