Senior Minister, Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo says the praise President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo showered on CEO of Jospong Group of Companies some few weeks ago, would be improper should the allegations of corruption against him be true.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo had praised CEO of Jospong, Mr. Siaw Agyepong for the work his companies are doing in the sanitation sector.
The president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo during a tour, met with the CEO of the Jospong Group and showered praises on him for his role in dealing with sanitation in the country.
The President said “When you are at the forefront of doing things like you are, you will be the subject of controversy, it goes with the territory. I know you a little bit, and I know you are capable of handling it. Stay focused.”
The president was widely criticized for his endorsement of Jospong. But the Senior Minister has said the critics should make sure the allegations are true before concluding.
On the issue of the company being blacklisted some years back by the World Bank, he said the World Bank’s comments on criminals in Ghana is not what we are looking for rather, the law of the country must be the major factor.
He said, ‘’There should be the law of the country concerned…We must prosecute our criminals here in Ghana…We are looking for people going through the due process of the law, being found guilty by the law and being dealt with.’’
He cautioned against the vilification of private businesses in the country and urged people to have concrete evidences before accusing people of being corrupt.
When he was specifically asked what message the endorsement of the president send to perceptions about the fight against corruption, he said. ‘’ “It’s certainly not right. It will give the wrong signals if you are seen to be pampering or endorsing a known wrong doer…That one is not right,” he said.
But he quickly reiterated that we must be sure that the condemnation is also accurate.
He was speaking at the launch of the anti-corruption week today [Monday].