The General Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Aseidu Nketiah has disclosed that public perceptions about corruption in Ghana have been generally better under the NDC governments than under NPP governments.
This, he indicated, clearly demonstrates that the NDC does better at working to improve public confidence in the fight against corruption whereas the NPP engages in lofty talk and no concrete action to root out the canker.
The NDC General Secretary made this disclosure at a press conference in Accra on the 2017 Corruption Perception Index released by Transparency International through its local affiliate, the Ghana Integrity Initiative.
Ghana’s best ever performance on the CPI, he said, was recorded in 1999 under an NDC government led by President John Dramani Mahama in 2014 when it scored 48%.
The performance on the CPI in the last twenty years, he said, indicate that the country’s worse ever performance was recorded in 1999 under Former President Rawlings and in 2002 and 2003 under Former President Kufour with a score of 33% in three years.
“Incidentally, in 1999, current Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu was the Deputy Attorney General of Ghana.”
Ghana, he said, dropped 11 places from the 2016 ranking to place 81 out of 180 countries in the 2017 Corruption Perception index.
According to Mr. Nketiah, the previous governments performed creditably in their first year, but the first year of President Akufo Addo is sinking under the yoke of corruption.
“His insatiable affinity for nepotism and cronyism that has resulted in the appointment of dozens of his blood relations, known friends and associates as well as several relatives of senior government officials into public sector positions has not been lost on the Ghanaian public.”
The NDC General Secretary averred that it is the first time in the history of Ghana that a President has appointed his own daughter to a government position and even appointed a woman he has a child with as Ambassador; to Czech Republic.
He added that there have been lots of farcical over-ups that President Akufo-Addo has engaged in, in a futile bid to conceal the extent of corruption in his government.
The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), which is the chapter of Transparency International, Mr. Nketiah said, is making attempts to shift focus from the ruling government to the previous NDC administration though the facts in the report categorically point to the fact that these events happened in the year 2017, under the Akufo-Addo led government.
“Transparency International is an international body and there’s a local NGO here which is called Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) is affiliated to that. The survey was not conducted by Ghana Integrity Initiative at all. It was conducted by Transparency International and then when Ghana Integrity Initiative was doing a press conference, they decided to import some dangerous opinions into that report to create the impression for Ghanaians that what is happening on the CPI front was attributable to 2016,” he said.
He therefore cautioned the GII to refrain from such schemes and admit the facts as they are rather than try to shift unnecessary blame and cover up the wrongs in the system.
By Kwame Atuapim