General News of Saturday, 28 January 2017
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has charged his ministers to declare their assets in two weeks.
The president made the statement when he swore into office 12 of 13 ministers-designate approved by parliament at the Flagstaff House in Accra on Friday January 27.
He told the ministers: “The manifesto has also committed us to implementing an effective asset declaration regime. Its relevant elements are these: firstly, the president shall within 14 days forward a list of appointments made in pursuance of chapter 24 of the constitution to the Auditor General. Chapter 24 covers all of us. The Attorney General shall forward to parliament a law requiring the Auditor General to publish periodically the list of all persons appointed under chapter 24 of the constitution who have declared or defaulted.
“The new law shall provide for public disclosure of assets declaration. These and other measures indicate the importance our party attaches to the fight against corruption. We here must be in the forefront of that fight. I myself filed my own asset declaration forms two weeks ago after entering into this office on the 23rd of January. All Chapter 24 office holders should do the same.”
Mr Akufo-Addo, shortly after swearing in the ministers, left the country for Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, to attend the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union (AU).
The summit, which is to take place from 30th to 31st January, was preceded by a meeting of the Executive Council, which started on Friday.