National Youth Organiser aspirant of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Brogya Genfi has observed that Ghanaians had a bad year under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2017 in view of the corrupt practices that emerged just a year in office.He observed that the year was characterized by corrupt acts involving appointees of the current government but the president found ways of covering them up yet is telling citizenry of his resolve to protect the national purse.
“2017 was a bad year for Ghana with massive and naked corruption with presidential cover-ups and many tragedies including mysterious deaths”, he disclosed in response to the recent presser and the resolve of the President to minimize corruption in the public sector.
According to him, the controversy surrounding the $2.5 billion bond, the contaminated fuel saga at BOST and alleged corrupt practices involving some appointees at the presidency failed to see the light of day because of presidential cover-ups.
He called on Ghanaians to demand accountability from the current government expressing scepticism in the president resolve to fight corruption as he promised during his meet-the-press.
The President at his second encounter with the press last Wednesday called on Ghanaians to desist from the habit of still viewing his appointees as corrupt even when thorough public investigations cleared them of any wrongdoing.
“I have made it publicly known that anyone, who has information about acts of corruption against any of my appointees, should bring it forward, and should be prepared to back it up with evidence. So far, every single act of alleged corruption labelled against any member of my administration has been or is in the process of being investigated by independent bodies, and the findings so far made public. From the allegations against the Minister for Energy-designate at his parliamentary confirmation hearings; to that against the CEO of BOST; to those against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff; to the claims of extortion against the Trade Minister; and to those against the Minister for Special Development Initiatives; they have all been investigated and no evidence has been adduced to suggest mildly the perpetration of any act of corruption”
According to the President, such acts are not only bad but culturally unhealthy as such politically motivated motives do not help national politics of the country.
He said, he is more concern about his appointees not being corrupt than any other Ghanaian so putting them in the bad light after being cleared is a thing the citizenry must all desist from
But Mr Genfi wants the President to walk his talk by holding persons in his government accountable for the excesses to prove he is indeed committed to fighting corruption and rooting it out of the system.