Fighting corruption would be made an urgent priority – Dr. Nduom

By
Stephen Asante, GNA

Kumasi, Sept 23, GNA
– Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, Standard-bearer of the Progressive People’s Party (PPP),
has vowed to wage relentless war on corruption, to save more money to bring
progress to the people.

He said if given the
mandate to lead the country, his government would go the extra mile to ensure
that there would be no incentive for anybody to engage in corrupt practices.

He would provide
strong political leadership to tackle the wastage in system and make sure that
there was transparency and efficiency in the management of the nation’s
resources.

Dr. Ndoum was
delivering a paper on the topic “The reality and myth of poverty reduction” at
public lecture organized by the Spiritan University College in Ejisu.

He repeated the
promise to separate the Attorney-General’s Office from the Justice Ministry to
help to properly deal with the evil of corruption.

Transparency
International’s corruption perception index for 2015, ranked Ghana as the
seventh country in Africa with high level of corruption. 

Dr. Nduom indicated
that poverty reduction strategies adopted over the years to lift many out of
poverty – transform the lives of the people, had struggled because dishonest
and unethical conduct of public officials for private gain.

“Funds and resources
meant for specific purposes or projects, are often diverted for other things”
and he said, this was something that was not going to happen under the watch of
the PPP’s government.

He also spoke of
massive investment in education to equip and empower the people with requisite
skills to become economically productive.

That, he said, was
the way forward for wealth creation to make things better for everybody.

His government,
again would spearhead the amendment of the constitution to allow for the
election of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) by
the people.

The present system
where they were nominated by the President for approval by the assemblies
needed to change, he added.

Touching on energy,
he promised the use of multi-sectoral approach to tackle the erratic power
supply – take advantage of the abundant wind, solar and hydro resources at the
nation’s disposal. 

GNA

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