Gov’t still committed to the fight against corruption-Veep


 

 

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has reiterated government’s commitment towards the fight against corruption.

He was of the view that leveraging on technology and formalising the Ghanaian society through digitization will improve administrative systems, transparency and accountability in the way we govern ourselves.

He made these remarks as a keynote speaker at the OccupyGhana Vrs. Attorney-General 2nd anniversary lecture with the theme “FromSurcharging To Safeguarding: Next Steps In The Fight To Protect The Public Purse”

He noted that the case was a decisive moment in our national effort to combat corruption and also applaud all bold citizens who stand up against the corrupt and the embezzlers of public funds.

He said: “The systems and effective institutions are what matter as well as enforcement of laws. The online systems we are putting in place have largely eliminated corruption at DVLA, passport offices, Registrar General’s department, and reduced corruption at the ports through the paperless reforms.”

“Through the enforcement of the laws, the Auditor General has disallowed some Ghc 5billion of expenditure so far, We have also passed the Right to Information act , The Public Procurement Authority has implemented E-procurement, National ID Card, Special Prosecutor Act, and we are also resourcing the anti corruption agencies. All these mean that Ghana is putting in place a sustainable infrastructure for fighting corruption. These are landmark reforms that will stand the test of time.” Dr. Bawumia said.

He added: “We are currently rolling out a National ID, reducing the opportunities for corruption in the public sector with plans to go completely cashless in the public sector by the middle of next year thanks to the successful implementation of Mobile Money Interoperability.

“As the heads of the Audit Service, CHRAJ and other anti-corruption agencies can attest, we have provided significantly more resources in the last two years or so than used to be the case. The Auditor General just disclosed that the Service is getting threefold, the resources it used to get, now.

“The land mark reforms that we have introduced in the last two and a half years in the fight against corruption are unmatched by any government in the Fourth Republic or should I say, by any government in the last 50 years”.

“As a government, we remain committed to making corruption unattractive on a sustainable basis. This calls for collaboration and strengthening of institutions mandated by the Constitution and other laws of the country to protect the public purse. We are doing more beyond the use of technology to build systems and institutions in the fight against corruption.”

Vice President Bawumia continued, “The fight against corruption remains our work in progress. We believe that our best instruments are through the development and strengthening of institutions and systems to improve transparency, accountability and timeliness in the accountability in the use of public resources.”

“We believe that the success of our fight against corruption depends on the collaboration among all institutions – public and private – and citizens. Without the work of concerned individuals called OccupyGhana, working as an NGO, reportedly with very little support from anyone but themselves, we would not be here today to celebrate the development in the evolution of the law and the fight against corruption.

“We applaud all those bold citizens who will stand up against the corrupt and the embezzlers of public funds. May we all continue in this most critical work of protecting our common wealth and ensure that we can use and share our resources efficiently and fairly to the benefit of all.”

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