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GOV'T SCORES HIGH MARKS ON ANTI-CORRUPTION FIGHT

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The New Patriotic Party administration's tireless efforts at reducing corruption, especially in the public sector, seem to be yielding positive results and as such caught the attention of anti-corruption agents across the globe.

The New Patriotic Party administration's tireless efforts at reducing corruption, especially in the public sector, seem to be yielding positive results and as such caught the attention of anti-corruption agents across the globe.

 

In its maiden report based on a survey conducted to assess the NPP government’s efforts at dealing with corruption, Metogu Anti-Corruption Survey indicated that the Nana Addo led NPP government is on track in the fight against the canker.

The report which was released on last Tuesday at a round table discussion outlined ten promises that were made by the governing New Patriotic Party during their 2016 campaign that sort to find a solution to the canker that has for decades contributed massively to the slow development of the country.

Ahead of the 2016 general elections, corruption was one of the major issues that dominated and drove the discourse of all political parties in the country.

The then party in opposition NPP took the fight against corruption to a whole new level when it made certain key promises which would later play a pivotal role in the victory of the party.

Some of the promises made by the NPP and captured in the first Metogu Anti-Corruption Survey were to ensure transparency in the school feeding programme, revamp the National Health Insurance Scheme to become efficient and self-sustaining and ensure the election of Metropolitan, Municipal District Chief Executive (MMDCEs).

Others include the restructuring of the land administration System, amend relevant sections of the Criminal Act 1960 (Act 29), establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor and ensure the passage of the Right To Information Bill (RTI).

The rest are comply strictly with the Public Procurement Act to ensure Value for Money, ensure the passage of the Beneficial Ownership Title and ensure the establishment of the Public Officer’s Code of conduct and Assets Declaration Regime.

In all, the report indicated that government is on track as far as the fight against corruption is concerned given that the Metogu Anti-Corruption Report revealed that efforts are currently underway to fulfilling eight (8) out of the ten (10) promises that were made.

The report also disclosed that government has completely fulfilled one promise as far as the fight against corruption is concerned which is the establishment of the special prosecutor and commended government for setting up the office and ensuring the passage of the OSP bill in record time, while acknowledging that processes are underway to fulfill the others.

Addressing the issue of government breaking its promise of ensuring the election of MMDCEs, the Deputy Minister of Information Pius Enam Hadzide hinted that that promise has not been broken as government, together with the Local Government Ministry, have completed a road map to ensure that that promise is kept.

The Deputy Minister added that work is also far advanced in the processes to amend certain entrenched clauses in the constitution and was hopeful that very soon results of the work done will be made public.

Tackling the issue of the passage of the Right to Information Bill, the Member of Parliament for Sekondi in the Western Region, Andrew Kofi Egyapa Mercer, who is also a member of Parliament’s Communications Committee, hinted that the RTI is on top of the agenda of parliament.

“The RTI is at the consideration stage and hopefully will be passed when Parliament reconvenes,” he stated, assuring the public and civil society that the bill is likely to be passed before the House rises again in December.

The Metogu project, according to Executive Director Kwame Ahiabenu of Penplusbytes, initiators of the survey, is a continuous project aimed at assessing the promises made by the governing NPP on corruption. He therefore demand the fulfillment of those promises, especially those made in connection to corruption.

He also commended government for its efforts in addressing the issue of corruption in the public sector,but called on government to expedite actions to bring public officials found guilty of corruption to book.