Pass law to regulate donation inflows to Foundations – Coalition

By
Abubakari Ibrahim Wangara, GNA

Wa, Oct 13, GNA – The People’s Action Against
Corruption, an anti-corruption coalition in Upper West Region, has called on
the executive arm of government and legislators to consider ways of regulating
donations made by cooperate bodies to Foundations.

The anti-graft civil society bodies comprised;
Community Development Alliance (CDA-Ghana), NORSAAC and Rural Initiatives for
Self-Empowerment (RISE-Ghana).

They expressed grave concern about the
seemingly uncontrolled donations made to numerous foundations in Ghana without
due accountability to the public.

Speaking to Journalists at a News conference
at Wa, Mr Salifu Issifu Kanton, the Coalition’s Spokesperson, called on
lawmakers to pass a law to control inflows of donations to the foundations
which could be used as “conduits for receiving corrupt monies”.

He noted that most of the companies donating
to the foundations belonging to top politicians might be seeking to do
businesses that were already operating by the politicians.

Clearly, he said, the ruling government had
good intentions to fight corruption following the passage of Office of the
Special Prosecutor’s Act and commended President Akufo-Addo for initiating
steps to fight corruption.

However, he said: “It is still quite clear
that the greatest impediment to the President’s vision of Ghana Beyond Aid is
corruption”.

The coalition called on the President to
furnish the Office of the Special Prosecutor with the needed resources to
facilitate its work of dealing with graft in the society.

“The euphoria that heralded the appointment of
the Special Prosecutor coupled with the high public expectations from the
President to fight corruption must not be allowed to evaporate into thin air,”
Mr Kanton stated.

The independence of other anti-corruption
agencies should not be sacrificed at the altar of political manipulations, he
added.

GNA

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