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.
In his estimation, 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 as the government has become one of the most corrupt in the Fourth Republic.
“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) and highlighted how poorly the current NPP administration has performed in comparison to previous administrations, including the erstwhile National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration led by John Dramani Mahama, to whom the then-opposition NPP was highly critical of for its corruption scandals.
“If you look at the evaluation of governments’ performance over time, you will begin to see a certain trend,” the CDD top executive noted.One of the main focus of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s campaign in the 2016 elections to drastically clampdown on corruption.
He told the BBC in an interview that, he will implement institutional reforms backed by exemplary leadership of not being corruptible, in what earned him widespread reverence as a veritable anti-Corruption Crusader.
However, that anti-corruption posture has tirned up to be a ruse given the dozens of corruption scandals that have dogged the current administration.
Many of the appointees of the government caught in reported acts of corruption have mostly been cleared to walk free by the President.