PPP Fights Gov’t Over Corruption
By Bernice Bessey
The Progressive People’s Party (PPP) has called on civil society organisations (CSOs) to intensify their anti-corruption measures to fight corruption which was gaining root in the country.
According to the PPP, the destiny of the country could not be trusted into the hands of people not willing to manage it properly, and it was about time they stepped up their activities to ensure that the citizenry derived maximum benefits from the national cake.
The PPP made this observation after embarking on a peaceful demonstration in Accra dubbed ‘Aaye fe Notse’, to wit ‘monkey de work baboon dey chop’.
The demonstration also marked the launch of a series of nationwide demonstrations to be embarked upon by the ‘Awake’ Family.
Some of the demonstrators wore red bands to express their agony in the current state of the nation, while others held placards with the inscription ‘Ghana belongs to all of us,’ ‘We must fight corruption,’ ‘Kill corruption, not Ghanaians,’ ‘Declare your assets,’ ‘Mr. President, put the interest of the country first,’ among many others.
From the Obra Spot through some principal streets of Accra to the Hearts Park, the demonstrators sang war songs to depict their frustrations about the way the economy was being managed by the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC).
The demonstrators told The Chronicle in an interview that corruption was dragging the destiny of the country backwards, and therefore, collective action was needed by all to fight the canker.
The National Chairman of the PPP, Nii Allotey Brew-Hammond, indicated that the country’s efforts to gain economic stability would remain elusive if measures were not put in place to control corruption.
He said if corruption was not eradicated from the country, the government would continue to cry for money to build schools, provide potable drinking water, good roads, proper sanitation systems and other infrastructure for the citizenry.
He called on the citizenry to understand the dangers of corruption to the wellbeing of the country in this era when the country had been placed in middle-income level bracket.
The National Chairman further called for separation of powers between the Attorney-General and Ministry of Justice, the Legislature and Executive, and also the publication of polling station election results.
‘I want to encourage you to speak about corruption in the country, so that it would be put in the spotlight,’ Mr. Bruce Hammond appealed.
The Convener of the PPP, William Dowokpor, also prayed civil society groups like the Transparency International to investigate and report the canker of corruption that drains millions of cedis from the nation’s coffers.
He was of the worry that about GH¢3 million was lost to the public sector alone each year, adding, ‘Today, we rise against corruption as the main reason why we have not been able to attain sustainable economic growth for transformational development and economic freedom of this country.’
Mr. Dowokpor urged other political parties aspiring to win power to start fighting corruption now.
The former New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Asikuma-Odobeng-Brakwa, Paul Collins Appiah Ofori, who joined the PPP to demonstrate against the government, also charged the citizenry to play their role to kick corruption out of the country.
He called for severe punishments for those who flout the laws for their personal gain.
P.C Appiah Ofori urged for the enforcement of election of district chief executives as a means to control corruption.
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