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Consider the police, if you want to strengthen institutions against corruption - Governance Expert advises

Police 1 696x375 File photo: Williams Amofa believes police must be empowered to be independent

Thu, 25 Feb 2021 Source: happyghana.com

Governance Expert Williams Amofa has cautioned that if the country wants to rid of corruption by strengthening institutions, the police institution must be the first place of call.

According to him, our constitution has made it impossible to make the Police independent and that is affecting the corruption fight in the country.

Speaking to Sefa Danquah on the ‘Epa Hoa Daben’ show, he explained: “If we will have to strengthen institutions, institutions such as police must be stand-alone. There is no way you can convince me that if the President appoint the IGP there will be no favouritism. It will definitely be there. This is because it is the president who appointed such a person”.

He believes that if the Police is empowered to be independent, there will be fewer cases of corruption in the country.

“If the police had its own internal structures and one who has served the police for a long time, has gotten to the point of serving as the IGP, and such a person is given that position, then the dynamics in Ghana will change. This is because the police will be independent. So even if you politically push them to do something, these people will not be inclined to do it”, he added.

Meanwhile, William Amofa is of the view that uprooting corruption from the Ghanaian system starts from the moral values we instil in us.

The Inspector-General of Police (IGP), who acts as the head of the Police service and is responsible for the operational control and the administration of the Police, is appointed by the President of Ghana acting in consultation with the Council of State.

Source: happyghana.com
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