According to Ghana’s president, Nana Akufo-Addo, the law court, not the president, should decide which actions constitute corruption.
He claimed that for this reason, as president, he has worked to strengthen the organizations in charge of combating corruption. According to the President, he has worked to give the authorities tasked with fighting corruption the authority they need to do their jobs well since taking office in 2017.
As part of his tour of the central region, Mr. Akufo-Addo made this statement in an interview with a local Kasoa radio station. The president said as at the end of 2021, Parliament has been received 194% increase in budgetary allocation, the Audit service 83% and police service 162 percent.
“I think we have seen the benefit of all these increases in the way the institutions are working, so far as that is concerned, I am very clear in my mind that we have made significant progress.” the president said.
“I admit that resourcing the institutions is not the end of the fight. But, if indeed, you are serious about the fight and the institutions are unable to prosecute the agenda, then what are you doing?” he queried.
In response to the accusation that he had ignored allegations of corruption against his appointees, President Akufo-Addo stated that all serious complaints had been looked into.
Highlighting the case of Adjenim Boateng Adjei, the former CEO of the Public Procurement Authority, who is presently being tried for a crime linked to corruption after being submitted to CHRAJ.
“A lot of the times, people are falsely accused but sometimes the accusations are also true. That is why we have the courts and we don’t let corruption to be decided by the President,” he said.