Name Corrupt Officials – Gov’t Dares Prof. Martey
Government has dared the former Moderator of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana, Professor Emmanuel Martey, to provide evidence of persons within the Akufo-Addo administration who are corrupt.
According to the Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, government is committed to rooting out corruption, especially among state officials, and would therefore appreciate information from the public to help it take action.
He, however, said such information must be based on specifics and should not be generalized.
“As a senior citizen of our country, we want to urge him to go beyond talking generalities to giving us concrete examples that we can put our hands on and make an example for people to be deterred. But if senior citizens should begin talking like that, that in our view, is quite nebulous and feeds into perception,” he said.
Professor Martey at a lecture in the Ashanti Region last week stated that some officials of the Akufo-Addo led government are already exhibiting signs of corruption and cautioned against such acts.
The man, who blatantly accused officials of the erstwhile John Mahama administration of being corrupt and having mismanaged the economy, appears to be turning the heat on the current administration.
According to the former moderator, a large government means large corruption, and called for a review of the size of the Akufo-Addo government.
He also cited recent happenings at the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC) and urged the President to ensure that issues about corruption under his administration are dealt with.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has been criticized for appointing 110 ministers and deputy ministers to serve in his government, after previously assuring the electorate that he would ensure a prudent and efficient government size.
The number of ministers is described as the largest in the country’s political history.
But the president explained that he created a number of special portfolios to serve at the Presidency because certain critical sectors needed ‘additional talents’ to ensure their success.
He argued that the task of turning around the country’s fortunes required a large government to meet the many challenges confronting the economy.