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Opinions Wed, 1 Feb 2012

The Finance Minister must Resign over the Woyomegate

- Kumawu citizen advises.

Many a Ghanaian currently doubts the credibility, integrity and sincerity of the

Finance Minister, Dr Kwabena Duffuor, following from the "Woyomegate" scandal. I

always argue in his defence whenever anyone casts doubt on his association with the

NDC government. Oftentimes, some people accuse him of being a sheer opportunist with

hidden agenda hence mingling with the NDC. My argument in his favour has always

been, "he wants to be of service to his people and nation". If he feels by being in

government is the best way he can be of service to Ghana, then what is wrong about

that, I have always argued.

However, the Woyomegate scandal has come as a huge blow to me. It has derailed my

express train of wisdom placed on the rail tracks ready to deliver support and

protection to my compatriot, the Finance Minister. As the Woyomegate scandal raises

more questions than provide available cogent answers, I am compelled to question his

continuous flirtation with the NDC.

I am very much aware that his presence in the NDC government has however abated the

otherwise unprecedentedly exceedingly gargantuan corruption Ghana would have

witnessed in her annals of socio-economic emancipation. The supposedly ongoing but

diminished corruption goes to tell the immense rot and thievery the NDC with their

intellectually and politically incapacitated President, are inflicting on Mother

Ghana and Ghanaians.

An adage has it that, "For evil to triumph in society is for good people to sit

doing nothing". Dr. Kwabena Duffour then probably felt that by joining the NDC

government would not only permit him to help Ghana but also, tame the wayward

excesses by the notorious lawless NDC. Nevertheless, "one tree cannot make a forest"

The Finance Minister regardless of how genuine and well-intended he is about

rescuing Ghana from the evil-minded and corrupt NDC apparatchik, he can hardly

succeed as a lone person crying in the wilderness. In this regard, why should he not

resign since "bad companion corrupts good character?" In as much as he remains a

staunch member of the NDC, dining and wining with them, all discerning Ghanaians

will paint him with the same tarnished brush. No wonder his hard won reputation is

hurtling down the filthy gutters or sewers of Accra, in the wake of the Woyomegate

scandal. What a pity!

I will strongly advise the Finance Minister not to view the Woyomegate saga as a

tiny political nuisance from rival quarters able to shrug off easily. It has come as

stubborn dirt to stain his credibility if he fails to handle it professionally

creditably. I hope he is able to extricate himself and then resign without ever

thinking of associating himself with the NDC. Once bitten, twice shy and "he who

lies with dogs catches fleas" As it is difficult to teach an old dog new tricks, so

it is with the NDC. You can never wean them off their GARGANTUAN CORRUPTION.

A word to the wise is sufficient.

Rockson Adofo

Columnist: Adofo, Rockson