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Anti-graft institutions must step up their game – MP
By Prince Abankwah on August 17, 2017
Member of Parliament for Assin South in the Central Region, John Ntim Fordjour, has asked anti-graft institutions in the country to step up their game with the view to gaining public confidence. He underscored the need for those institutions to speed up with its investigations into cases of corruption against public officials, which are already in the public domain.
“I would want to appeal to the state agencies mandated to fight corruption to speed up the ones that are already in the public domain because you cannot spend state money and go score free,” he said. Mr Fordjour was contributing to newspaper discussions on TV3’s magazine show, New Day, on Thursday. He was commenting on the declaration of support by Civil Society Organisations for the setting up of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
The MP, who is also a member of the NPP said, “we all have a huge perception about corruption. We have strong perception that people have been corrupted and we want to move from the perception to the actual prosecution. “All these institutions that are mandated to fight corruption are already doing it and in the spirit of good governance, it is good so they must up their game”, the MP added.
He, however, said that is “not to witch-hunt because corruption has taken a wide spectrum and we do not have to single out only politicians”. Mr. Ntim Fordjour said those accused of corruption are not only politicians “so CHRAJ, EOCO and other state institutions must fight it so that it will raise the public confidence in them”. Deputy Communications Director the National Democratic Congress, Fred Agbenyo, said there are mechanism to fight corruption, saying “We have internal audits to check corruption so what kind of mechanism are they putting in place to fight it”.
He said “you can create thousand more institutions, if you don’t resource them, if you don’t have that political will, it will come to nothing”. Mr Agbenyo worried that paying bribes has become accepted in our society, noting the situation has permeated all spheres of our lives.
“It has become an acceptable norm that anytime you are going to see someone in position you have to go with something….[at] the lorry parks where front seats of commercial vehicles are reserve for those who can pay additional fares,” he said. For him, creating more institutions will not solve the problem. The Chief Executive Officer for HR Perspective Limited, Dr. Edward Kwapong, said “I disagree with the position of adding more. Let us strengthen them instead”.