General News of Thursday, 24 December 2015
Acting Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Freddie Blay, has lauded the Transport Minister’s decision to resign following revelations that a 3.6 million Ghana cedis bus branding deal was inflated.
“I believe the decision should be a welcomed idea to all. I want to say that she has done well by accepting to ‘toe the path of honour’. She is being sensitive and listening to the voice of the good people of Ghana which is a character alien to the NDC,” said in a release Thursday.
“I further express optimism that this decision would help enhance the level of professionalism and ethical honesty required of political and public office holders, and also give hope to those seeking change in the conduct of public officials and leading the crusade against corruption,” the NPP Acting Chair adds.
He has also asked government to move on with a more vigourous commitment to fight corruption.
Read Freddie Blay’s full statement below
Although many see this as a time to poke fun, parody or maybe even chastise her, I believe the Transport Minister, Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor should be praised for her decision, not condemned. I feel like she made the right choice if she felt that she couldn’t be an effective Minister after letting the good people of Ghana down. The resignation of the Minister of Transport has been described as a good development for our country’s democracy and I believe the decision should be a welcomed idea to all. I want to say that she has done well by accepting to ‘toe the path of honour’. She is being sensitive and listening to the voice of the good people of Ghana which is a character alien to the NDC.
I further express optimism that this decision would help enhance the level of professionalism and ethical honesty required of political and public office holders, and also give hope to those seeking change in the conduct of public officials and leading the crusade against corruption.
I strongly believe her decision to step down will hold her character in good stead, in spite of the fury of Ghanaians at her conduct. I respect Mrs. Attivor’s action, in light of decisions by other office holders, to cling on to their positions even when they are under investigations, which brought their offices into disrepute. She has set a good example for other ministers and public office holders to follow, in similar circumstances. No matter who is appointed as the next Transport Minister, though, I think Mrs. Attivor’s resignation was a huge display of humility that will benefit the country in the long run.
While some may not necessarily understand her motives, Mrs. Attivor deserves the peace and respect she has earned. We should instead turn our attention towards the President who holds ultimate responsibility and the other dishonest government officials and political office holders who refuse to do the honourable thing as the Minister has done, even when they have been cited in graft cases. We must look towards the future rather than harp on the past.
However, I believe it is appropriate that details of the investigative report have to be made public, and full-scale investigations instituted into other public contracts. The NDC Government is fast earning unto itself a knack for stealing public funds aside being incompetent and insensitive to the plight of the poor Ghanaian.
The government’s decision to spend a whopping GHC 3.6 million on re-branding 116 buses is disheartening and heartbreaking, and Ghanaians have every right to be angry. It baffles our minds as to how that outrageous expenditure could be approved under the watch of the President.
The calls for her resignation and that of other political and public office holders are in line with proper practice all over the world. Mrs. Attivor’s departure is normal. It is not out of place; the government should get over, pick the pieces and move on with a more vigorous commitment to fight corruption.
On behalf of the New Patriotic Party and my own good self, I take this opportunity to wish all Ghanaians a Happy Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year. I pray to the Almighty God that He grants us a peaceful festive season.
Ag. National Chairman,
New Patriotic Party