Corruption now 'attractive and profitable' venture under Akufo-Addo - Sammy Gyamfi
National Communications Officer for the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Sammy Gyamfi says it is safe to conclude that the fight against corruption has been lost under the watch of President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, aside normalising the practice of corruption in his government, President Akufo-Addo himself is not left out of the ongoing rot in his government, as evidenced by the executive approval he gave for the fraudulent and highly inflated deal through which Ghana would have lost a whopping $800m, but for the vigilance of the NDC minority caucus in parliament.
Addressing the media at the NDC’s 'Moment of Truth' edition, Sammy Gyamfi said that it is clear from the 'Donkomi' documentary that the group of people who are currently governing our beloved Ghana have no interest in addressing the socio-economic challenges that confront Ghanaians other than their selfish, narrow and parochial interest”.
He stressed that President Akufo-Addo upon assuming office has forgotten about his solemn pledge to fight corruption and has rather elevated the canker to an unprecedented level as prior to the 2016 election, he promised to protect the public purse if elected into office.
Thus, the NDC, according to Sammy Gyamfi is deeply worried and appalled at the alarming rate and increased spate of corruption under the watch of President Akufo-Addo when he rode on the back of an anti-corruption campaign into office.
“Today, President Akufo-Addo prioritizes the promotion of corruption and spares no opportunity to defend the corrupt activities of his errant appointees. He has perfected the art of being a clearing agent of corruption in his government. His failure to live up to his much-vaunted anti-corruption credentials and punish corruption on the part of his appointees is what has emboldened many in his government to engage in corruption with such brazenness and boldness,” he slammed.
He, however, indicated that the conduct of Mr. A.B Adjei as captured in the 'Donkomi' documentary is only a reflection of the grand corruption and in some cases daylight heist that is being practiced at the topmost echelons of the Akufo-Addo government.
He again mentioned that, it has been one stinky corruption scandal after the other with no end in sight under the almost three year’s tenure of President Akufo-Addo; thus, the NPP’s famous campaign rhetoric of 1D1F has now metamorphosed into 'One Day, One Fraud', thereby creating a traffic jam of corruption cases in the minds of Ghanaians.
Quoting the records of Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Sammy Gyamfi said that Ghana has lost a whopping 9.6 billion Ghana Cedis to corruption since President Akufo-Addo assumed office in 2017.
“Surprisingly, this amount far exceeds the amount of GHS3.6 Billion which has so far been invested in the main flagship program and much-touted Free SHS program of the Akufo-Addo government. These are the reasons why corruption has become a very attractive and profitable venture in Ghana today, as it is one’s surest ticket to promotion under President Akufo-Addo,” he indicated.
To him, the Akufo-Addo government has failed woefully to deliver any significant infrastructural development in the country despite being the most resourced government in Ghana’s history.
“ . . the Akufo-Addo government chose to award as many as 14 contracts to a phony company, Talent Discovery Limited TDL, whose intention was never to execute any of the awarded contracts other than selling same to other companies with questionable capacities,” he asserted.