The Director of Advocacy and Policy Engagement at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana) Dr. Kojo Pumpuni-Asante has criticized the Nana Addo administration for failing Ghanaians in the fight against corruption.
He said on the contrary corrpuption under the government has become very prevalent and is pervasive such that people have accepted it as a way of life.
He said the government has lost the battle against corruption adding that the country had fallen below the average in terms of its corruption fight.
“Despite this abysmal failure there is still an expectation that maybe the next government will deal with the challenge but how long will we play this game. At some point, the optimism might disappear” he adds
He said Ghanaians had high hopes in the NPP because of the promises it made whiles in opposition but it has turned out to be disappointing so far based on all the research on corruption index and that it indicates clearly that that the Akuffo Addo’s fight against corruption has failed so far.
“People get fatigued by hearing about corruption because they feel helpless in tackling it. For me that is the most dangerous thing because it is an acceptance of a certain type of society where basically honesty and integrity are rare. If you are honest and truthful, you are actually at risk, they feek that you are a danger to those who want to be dishonest,” he said.
On Joy News’ Newsfile, he compared Afrobarometer researches over the years on Ghana’s corruption Perception Index (CPI).
“In 2014, we were at one of the highest peaks of corruption that we had seen. 83% of those surveys said that corruption has increased. In 2017, there is a new government and the agenda of the NPP then the perception reduced to 39%.In 2019, it shoots up to 52%”
“If you look at the evaluation of government’s performance over time, you will begin to see a certain trend,” he told host, Samson Ayenini.
One of the main pillars of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s campaign in the 2016 elections was weeding out corruption.
He told the BBC in an interview that, he will implement institutional reforms backed by exemplary leadership of not being corruptible.
Prior to the 2016 electioneering campaigns, former opposition leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Akufo-Addo, now the President of Ghana had bestowed upon himself the title- Anti-Corruption Crusader. He vowed that, he would fight corruption to the last drop of aged blood. By this disposition, he made many Ghanaians to believe that he could end our deadly romance with the monster called corruption in the country as a President.
He and his henchmen continuously criticised and bastardised the former administration under former President John Dramani Mahama as the most corrupt government ever existed in the history of the republic of Ghana after independence.
Therefore, to eliminate corruption and make the country automatically witness glory that no one had thought was possible in Ghana, was only for Ghanaians to kick the John Mahama’s administration out of power. They tagged the then President as frail and incompetent leader who could not prosecute people allegedly involved in corrupt acts especially members of his government and should therefore, be shown the red card.
But anti-corruption crusaders say it appears that the promise to deal with the canker has turned out to be a ruse as many corruption scandals have hit the Nana Addo administration without any concrete effort to deal with it. The opposition NDC have so far listed close to one and hundred and ten corruption scandals which have rocked the Nana Addo government.