General News of Tuesday, 1 August 2017
President of the republic, Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo has revealed that his administration has enough evidence of ongoing corruption in the various ministries, departments and agencies.
Nana Addo has revealed that government will soon be prosecuting all public officials – present or past – caught up in the wretch of corruption.
But even before such prosecutions gets affected, YEN.com.gh has in mind some embattled ministries, departments and agencies that could have their bosses or head of departments suffer such prosecutions.
1. Passport office
The Passport Office remains one of the most complained of institutions in Ghana today. The office, which oversees the issuance of Passports, has been ridden with gory stories of how some officials extorted monies from applicants who wish to have their passports processed with the urgency it deserves. But aside the introduction of a web portal aimed at processing passport applications online, the rot at the office continues to beg for the mercy of government.
We all do know how the issues of corruption allegations related to the boss of Cocobod, Dr Stephen Opuni taunted him to even during the erstwhile Mahama administration. With Opuni currently facing various summons by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), it will not come to our surprise if Stephen Opuni faces strict prosecutions by government.
3. Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA)
Nothing much to say about the Tema ports as vice president, Mahamudu Bawumia, has revealed government’s intention of investigating cases of fraud currently ongoing in the said area. The ports will definitely be on the radar of government.
4. Public Utility Regulatory Commission (PURC)
A recent expose by a Joy FM investigative journalist has revealed how some officials of the PURC as the BNI recently invited some top officials including the head of public affairs, Nana Yaa Jantuah for questioning. News of the contract provoked a firestorm of controversy and outrage in a section of the public, with many arguing that boreholes could be drilled for as low as 10,000 cedis each.
But even as government outlines measures to deal with the menace of corruption in public institutions, one major challenge it faces is the passage of a bill to ensure the establishment of a special prosecutor’s office as government withdrew the bill from parliament following a massive opposition by the minority NDC.
Meanwhile, the speaker of parliament, Professor Mike Ocquaye, has advised government to ensure that the role of the special prosecutor does not conflict with that of the attorney general, Gloria Akufo.