WHICHEVER way we look at it, corruption will always be bad. It is a canker, and if not tackled head on, will continue to derail our push to make this country a prosperous one.
THIS is the more reason why Today will always seize every little opportunity to remind the current government [Akufo-Addo-led administration] to do all they can to address corruption both within and outside government. In fact, it is one issue President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has shied away from and constantly been reaffirming his strong commitment to deal with it.
SO for us at Today it comes as no surprise that the President is cautioning yet again his appointees that he will not condone corruption in his government. The President gave the warning when he addressed party members and faithful at the party’s national delegates’ conference in Cape Coast, Central Region, over the weekend.
ACCORDING to President Akufo-Addo, corruption cases against his government appointees will thoroughly be investigated by the law enforcement agencies, stressing that those who make allegations should be ready to support with evidence.”
“I will not supervise over a government that supports corruption. I have instructed the law enforcement agencies to investigate every allegation of corruption in my government,” he told delegates of the party during the party’s congress.
TODAY sees as refreshing the caution by the President to his appointees that none will be sparred if caught in the corruption web. We hope the current government officials have taken a cue of the corruption cases that hit the erstwhile Mahama administration which were not effectively dealt with and thus consequently contributed towards the defeat of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
FOR our part, Today will support the Akufo-Addo government in whichever way we can to ensure that we expose corrupt government officials and also prevent selfish ministers from misappropriating state funds. And this we will religiously do by shining light on their corrupt activities.
WE hope that the warning by the President to his appointees will not be one of the usual political gimmicks that we have heard in the past which little or virtually nothing is done when corruption allegations are made against government officials. And like he has stressed, we expect that President Akufo-Addo will crack the whip when cases of corruption against his ministers come up.
ONE thing that the President says which Today sees as very critical in our march to uproot corruption from our society is supporting such corruption cases with evidence. If there is no evidence to back such corrupt cases then it is as good as not bringing them up, because there is the saying in law that he who alleges must prove.
THUS, we urge all those who will be making corruption allegations against government officials to endeavour to have some evidence to back their claims. This, we believe, will fast-track the whole prosecution process of corruption cases.