Wednesday, 29 May

Akufo-Addo lost corruption fight with nepotistic appointments – Anti-graft crusader

Emmanuel Wilson Jr

An anti-corruption crusader, Mr Emmanuel Wilson Jr has blamed the sitting president for the low rates chalked in the fight against corruption in the country.

Mr Wilson Jr, who is the Chief Crusader for Crusaders Against Corruption, Ghana, blamed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for the low standards in the fight against corruption when he appeared on Accra100.5FM's ‘Citizen Show’ hosted by Kwabena Bobie Ansah on Wednesday, 1 February 2023.

Mr Wilson said he became very alarmed as an anti-corruption crusader when he saw the president's nepotistic list of appointees in 2017.

“The list of the president’s appointees was a slap in the face of the fight against corruption,” he noted.

“I knew from the outset that the fight against corruption was going to be a daunting task under the president with the list of nepotistic appointees,” he said.

According to him, corruption thrives in a nepotistic environment and if that ecosystem is created, corruption will survive.

In his view, the list of appointees made up of the president’s cronies and family members was the reason the country has fallen in the corruption perception index.

He stressed that Ghana has continued to fall below the bar in the last couple of years in the fight against corruption under the administration of the president.

He narrated that the New Patriotic Party’s 2016 manifesto has seven corruption-fighting policies yet none of them has been implemented except for the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

“The president’s lack of commitment in the fight against corruption has contributed to the high levels of naked corruption in and outside the government,” he said. 

He argued that the president has created conditions that are making corruption and related activities thrive in the country.

He bemoaned the corruption phenomenon in the country in recent times, particularly under this government.

Source: Mensah