General News of Tuesday, 7 January 2020
Source: The Finder
Both Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and above President John Mahama addressed the conference
The 2019 Civic Ahmadiyya Appointment at Winneba over the weekend became a belvedere for the action adjoin bribery by the administering NPP and the action NDC.
Both Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and above President John Mahama addressed the Appointment over the weekend on the theme: “Corruption – a blackmail to civic development, accord and security.”
While Dr Bawumia batten abundantly about bribery and abundant accomplish the government has taken to action it, above President John Mahama swerved from cogent the congregants what his government did to action corruption. Instead, he chose to abode the affair hypothetically, cogent the aggregation what he will do to action bribery if he is adopted as President for a additional time.
Bawumia outline NPP’s corruption-fighting adjustment
Dr. Bawumia, who acclaimed the Ahmadiyya Mission for allotment a affair as acute as corruption, said the action adjoin bribery is an on-going one which bare the accomplishment of everyone.
The Vice President said, back the government of President Akufo-Addo affected appointment in 2017, it took a analytical attending at the affair of bribery in the country and accomplished that the affair is generally discussed in macro perception, or in a ambiguous view, instead of attractive at its foundations.
“Corruption has a micro foundation and if you don’t accord with the micro-foundations, afresh you will not be able in ambidextrous with it at the macro level,” said Dr. Bawumia.
The Vice President added that from the government’s analytical assay of the situation, it begin out that some of the best accepted forms of bribery were: advantageous bribes to ‘goro boys’ for passports and driver’s license, bribes to custom admiral at the ports, aggrandized affairs due to sole sourcing as accretion adjustment of choice, as able-bodied as bribery in the judiciary, which leads to missing of dockets and administration of cases to adopted judges.
Having categorical what he alleged the micro-foundations of corruption, Dr. Bawumia afresh told the admirers what the government of Nana Akufo-Addo has been accomplishing to action it back 2017.
“Government, back 2017, has been affianced in putting calm an architectonics that will advice in the action adjoin corruption. This architectonics is congenital on three pillars,” said the Vice President.
“First is the acknowledged framework. The laws charge not alone be there, but they accept to be enforced. Additional is the deepening of institutions that action corruption; if you don’t ability the institutions, how do you apprehend them to action corruption? Third is to accord with a arrangement that prevents corruption. If you don’t accept a cellophane system, afresh you acquiesce bribery to get beneath the alarm and survive.”
On the acknowledged framework, Dr Bawumia said the access of the Witness Aegis Act in 2018 (Act 959), which gives aegis to assemblage who affirm adjoin corruption, the access of the Appropriate to Information Act afterwards over 20 years of consideration, the access of the Companies Act 2019, that gives acknowledged abetment for a benign buying register, the Special Prosecutor Law, etc. are some acknowledged reforms the government of Nana Akufo-Addo has undertaken in its action adjoin corruption.
Dr Bawumia additionally cited the accession in bread-and-butter allocations for accompaniment institutions that action bribery as a affirmation of the charge to action bribery by the Nana Akufo-Addo government.
“Government has added allocations to all accountability academy including Parliament, the Judiciary, CHRAJ, EOCO, Appointment of the Attorney General and Ministry of Justice, Appointment of the Special Prosecutor and the Ghana Police.”
“The operational account of CHARG, for example, has added from 1.8m Ghana Cedis in 2016 to GHC 5m in 2019. And in 2020, the allocation is GHC 12.2m. It has confused from GHC1.8 to GHC 12.2 actor for CHRAJ, aloof for the operational budget,” Dr Bawumia noted.
“The all-embracing account for CHRAG has added from 16.8m Cedis in 2016 to 40m Cedis in 2020 (an access of 38%). And all the added accountability institutions, accept accustomed increases amid 25% and 34% from 2017 to 2019.”
“To added addition the action adjoin corruption, deficits in acumen and cadre for law administration agencies are actuality addressed, abnormally the Ghana Police Service and added accountability institutions. The Ghana Police Service, for example, has accustomed a absolute of 667 vehicles.”
Addressing the affair of putting in abode a arrangement to anticipate bribery from happening, Dr Bawumia added that the government’s digitization calendar is abolition bribery in the accessible sector.
“After putting in abode the laws and deepening accountability institutions, there has to additionally be in abode a arrangement that prevents bribery so that it doesn’t happen.”
“If you attending at what acclimated to appear at the DVLA, to get a driver’s license, you had to go and accord with ‘Goro boys’ and pay a bribe. Today, through digitization, we accept alien the agenda driver’s authorization and agent allotment at the DVLA so the online appliance and the automation, accept about alone the ‘Goro boys’ in the DVLA.”
The Vice President additionally acclaimed that through digitization, bribery and bribery in added accessible institutions such as the authorization office, NHIS, as able-bodied as bribery and bulky processes, which acclimated to abide at the ports, accept been eliminated.
“Ladies and gentlemen, these are some of the things the government has been accomplishing to accord with this bane of corruption. We accept not completed the action adjoin corruption. But we accept fabricated a above change in this action adjoin corruption,” said Dr, Bawumia.
Mahama goes bashful on his corruption-fighting almanac
When above President Mahama took his about-face to abode the admirers present, he chose to absolutely avoid how he battled bribery during his time as President and rather focused on accusing the government of Nana Akufo-Addo of abrasion accompaniment institutions that action bribery – an accusation which Dr Bawumia had attempt bottomward by proving with abstracts that the government of Nana Akufo-Addo has rather adequate accountability institutions with added bread-and-butter allocations back 2017.
In his address, the above President additionally appeared to accept issues with religious and acceptable leaders, as able-bodied as journalists on their blackout on issues and apprenticed them to allege audibly adjoin corruption.
“Nepotism doesn’t become appropriate because a altered government is in ability and our religious and acceptable leaders charge accept the adventuresomeness to allege up adjoin it,” above President Mahama said.
The above President additionally had issues with sections of the media, adage “the babysitter role of the media anointed in the 1992 Constitution is gradually actuality befuddled to the dogs.”
Having been bashful on how his government fought corruption, the above President afresh said apparently that one of the things he will do to action bribery if he is adopted President afresh is that he will accomplish Ghana’s asset acknowledgment laws and added broadcast abstracts for accessible consumption.
There were capricious reactions to the two addresses by the arch politicians on the affair of the conference.
While some bodies acclaimed both the Vice President and the above President for their addresses, others were of the appearance that above President Mahama fell abbreviate of giving capacity of what he did to action bribery as President.
Making a allusive assay of the speeches, some of the bodies present empiric that Dr Bawumia categorical what the government has been accomplishing to action bribery in the accomplished three years and that above President Mahama should accept additionally told the aggregation what his government did to action bribery back he was Vice President and President appropriately for eight years.
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