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CORRUPTION FIGHT: CHOOSE TRUTHFUL POLITICIANS OVER WEALTHY ONES- ANALYST

A policy analyst, Opanin Kwame has stated that, to help fight corruption, we need to value truthful politicians over wealthy ones.

He went ahead to say that, citizens of Ghana appreciate wealthy politicians more than the truthful, wise and God-fearing ones. ‘We have misplaced priority’.

According to him, anybody found guilty of corruption must be brought to book.

Opanin Kwame emphasized that, Ghana can do better as other countries, but it depends on the character and behavior of the people and their willingness to make it happen.

He furthered that, even the youth who have not attained the age of acquiring wealth are hurriedly acquiring wealth through every means possible.

All the irregularities are things of old and those are the loopholes through which the nation’s funds are embezzled.

Opanin Kwame’s voice

Speaking to Pink FM, the Policy Analyst mentioned that, most of the times, we attribute all forms of corruption to politicians which shouldn’t be the case. The civil service is the most corrupt sector in Ghana.

He concluded that, 90% of Ghanaian leaders are already corrupt, so it is up to us to forge ahead and know that it is not our pocket wealth that will move the country, but rather our change of minds, attitude and new ways that will help the upcoming generation. We don’t have to depend on our leaders, if not Ghana will be distorted.

BACKGROUND

The Finance Ministry recorded the highest irregularities for the 2017 financial year amounting to GHC697million, the Auditor – General has unfolded.

The Auditor-General, Mr.Daniel Yaw Domelevo, on Tuesday submitted the performance audit report on management of Healthcare waste, consolidated annual account for the 2017 financial year, Public Accounts-Management, Agencies and Department (MDA’s) and the District Assemblies common fund to Parliament.

The public accounts of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA’s) as presented by the Auditor-General revealed that the overall financial impact of weakness and irregularities amounted to over GHC892million.

Tax irregularities amounted to GHC655million while cash irregularities amounted to GHC190million.

The rest have been apportioned as follows: Stores/Procurement irregularities GHC41million, payroll irregularities GHC1.7, outstanding loans and advances GHC2.6 and rent irregularities GHC195million.

The finance ministry topped the league table of irregularities, followed by the employment and labour relations ministry with GHC135million while the ministry of gender, children and social protection recorded the third highest figure GHC25.5million.

Story by-Bernice Amoakoah/ pinkfmonlinegh.com

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