Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition(GACC) Linda Ofori-Kwafo has said that the John Mahama-led governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has not performed well in tackling corruption in the country.
“On a scale of 1 to 10, I don’t think I’ll give any more than Transparency International’s assessment of Ghana, and will still go below an average of 5,” she said in an interview with Joy FM on Wednesday 24 February 2016.
Ms Ofori-Kwafo said the government has failed to address major acts of corruption allegedly perpetrated by key personalities and institutions, adding that authorities are only focused on “tackling small fishes, but the big fishes, we are yet to hear about what happened to them”.
According to her, tougher punishment is not dished out to deter public officials from corruption.
“What happened to the police recruitment scandal? It looks like a no-go area. To what extent have we resolved matters? Has someone been found culpable? How long are they going to take?”
She charged the President to talk about the GHS 3.6 million bus branding contract and also address issues regarding the AMERI power deal.
“I will like the president to talk about Smarttys because we are concerned about the methods, ways, and means of dealing with corruption nowadays. Once there is an admission of wrongdoing…payment or repayment is not the solution to the issue.
“Someone should be held responsible for this. We are supposed to punish people who engage in corruption,” she stressed.
President John Dramani Mahama is scheduled to present the State of the Nation address on Thursday 25 February 2016 and one area he is expected to tackle is corruption.