General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
The inter-tertiary debate on corruption organized by the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) is ongoing at the University of Ghana.
This comes at a time when the conversation on government’s readiness to fight corruption appears to have been ignited following comments by the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo that the Akufo-Addo-led administration will do everything possible to prosecute and punish people in the public sector who engage in corrupt activities.
President Akufo-Addo has been vehemently criticised by a section of the public for his seemingly snail pace in taking action against people in the previous government accused of corruption.
Justice Francis Emile Short, a Former Chair of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), for instance, has observed that government has not done much in the fight against corruption, almost a year in office and that, according to him, is an indication of the fact that the country is “losing the fight against corruption.”
But Former Attorney General (AG) and Minister for Justice, Martin A.B.K. Amidu in his latest news release alleged that there are people in the public sector who are sabotaging government’s fight against corruption, sighting the challenge in retrieving the GH¢51.2 million from businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, as a basis for his argument.
How best can the country tackle corruption? That is what the IEA inter-tertiary debate seeks to unravel.