THE FORMER Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, P.C Appiah Ofori, has down played the Public Officers’ Bill being put together by government which when passed into law will help check the activities of public officers.
According to him, he believes the law is a camouflage because the government only wants to use the bill to engage itself in more corrupt practices because they could not implement it to the latter.
He said there were more of such laws that have not been properly implemented because all the previous governments did not have the courage to implement it.
Mr Appiah-Ofori was speaking on Ark fm in Sunyani. He called on the President to have the courage to implement the laws that are there already rather than bringing in more laws.
He added that, the President does not have the courage to implement such laws because those involved in the corrupt practices were party functionaries.
“Corruption has been there since Nkrumah’s time, but presidents do not have the courage to prosecute their subordinates. This is because the appointees are party functionaries,” he added.
He called on Ghanaians to come together and start taking public officers and government appointees who are found to be engaged in corruption on, so that if the president does not act on it, he could be voted out.
Meanwhile, the Deputy Minister of Communication and Media Relations, Murtala Muhammed, has emphasized that the government is ready to eliminate corruption that is why it has instituted the Public Officers’ Bill.
He noted that, the bill is geared towards efficient delivery by all public sector workers and it would help in eliminating corruption among government appointees across the country.
He said the fight against corruption is one of the huge tasks for the country which the President Mahama-led government is committed to, so the public should give the government all the assistance they could.
He disclosed that, the law would be made public so that every citizen could take any public officer or government appointee on when they go wrong.
Source: Vivianna Mensah, Sunyani/D-Guide
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