According to William Shakespeare, “No legacy is so wealthy as honesty”. Honesty, openness and accountability are building blocks for thriving governance. Indeed, corruption is impressed by untruths and political propaganda.
We will have to continuously remind ourselves of our responsibility to be sincere and open as main values of leadership that is sensitive to the plight of his people today. In the midst of the #FixTheCountry outrage, in which the youth have complained of a variety of troubles of hardship, unemployment, substantial expense of dwelling, higher taxes, very poor roadways, lack of countrywide prepare, corruption and general economic mismanagement, and a lot of damaged promises, 1 would assume that any sensitive authorities would acknowledge its limits and pledge by itself to do far more.
Unfortunately this federal government is not currently being honest with the people today of Ghana.
I was deeply saddened just after I felt terrific disappointment as a Ghanaian as I watched President Akufo Addo’s job interview with CNN’s Zain Asher on Ghana’s financial long term and prospective buyers for business enterprise expansion.
The President becoming contented about his struggle from corruption and indicating that it has reflected in Ghana’s rising placement on the rankings of corruption in the earth smacks of a President who is mostly unaware, misinformed and unperturbed about improving upon the high quality of everyday living of Ghanaians.
The interview simply just showed a President who has both lost contact with the persons or dishonest about the real condition of the region primarily on corruption and the Ghana beyond support agenda.
Fight Towards Corruption
The President especially reported he was very pleased of his battle versus corruption. This is unhappy and displays a way of thinking of mediocrity for President Akufo Addo to be happy of his combat in opposition to corruption.
The assertion by the President all through his response on whether he has been pleased with his Administration’s battle against Corruption is reflective of the dishonest and insensitive management and governance Ghanaians have been served with in the earlier fifty-two months and nevertheless counting.
Just pause and search at this statistics. In between 2013 to 2016, Ghana attained scores of 46, 48, 47 and 43 with ranks of 63/180, 61/180, 56/180, and 70/180 in the Corruption Perception Index (CPI). This resulted in an normal score of 46 in the course of the four yr time period of the Mahama Administration.
Nevertheless, between 2017 and 2020, under this President, Ghana obtained scores of 40, 41, 41 and 43 with ranks of 81/180, 78/180, 80/180, and 75/180.
This represented an normal score of 41.25. The distinction in between the previous administration and this administration is 4.75. In other words, Ghana has sunk deeper into corruption in the very last four decades.
This also implies that the NDC’s worst score of 43 on the CPI is equal to the NPP’s best score of 43. It for that reason arrived as no surprise when co-founder and Executive Director of Afrobarometer, Prof. Emmanuel Gyimah-Boadi, questioned President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s commitment to fighting corruption, next the pressured retirement of speedy-previous Auditor Normal, Daniel Yao Domelevo.
Mr. Gyimah-Boadi mentioned the recent advancement involving Mr. Domelevo only exposes the President’s lack of believability in preventing corruption. “As for the President’s credibility in terms of anti-corruption, I am afraid to say it is in tatters. It has been in tatters for a although but this places a nail in the coffin.
I see Domelevo as a victim of nicely-orchestrated steps by men and women who are [government] officials and by condition establishments,” he stated.
The extent of corruption in the Akufo Addo-led Administration grew to become extra revealing when Ghana’s initially at any time Specific Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K. Amidu, resigned from office, describing the President who established up his office as a “mother serpent of corruption”.
This was just after Ghana’s extensively revered and really praised Auditor Normal, Daniel Yaw Domelovo, who was very well recognized and revered for his struggle in opposition to corruption was requested to proceed on a 167 doing the job times amassed leave, and subsequent attacks in opposition to his particular person and nationality to the extent of compelled retirement for daring to struggle from corruption.
All this have happened beneath a President who promised to use the “Anas Principle”, a modus operandi by renowned investigative journalist, Anas Aremayaw Anas, in his struggle from corruption.
To date, rarely any appointee of the Akufo Addo-led Administration has been prosecuted for corruption and corruption-linked offenses in spite of the various corruption scandals that have happened below the his watch. Some of which incorporate Contracts for Sale, 500 Missing Excavators, Galamsey Fraud Scandal, Money for Seat, among the some others.
In accordance to a modern Afro-barometer survey, 53% of Ghanaians say the amount of corruption in the place has risen above the past calendar year, with 80% of Ghanaians of the view that possibly some, most, or all of the President and officials in his workplace are included in corruption.
According to the 2019 Auditor General’s Report, unaccounted cash from 2017 to 2019 for General public Boards, Corporations, and other Statutory Establishments amounted to GHS20 billion. Also, Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) could not account for GHS50.4 million from 2017 to 2019.
All these have and go on to come about beneath a President who promised to guard the public purse, contributing to Ghana’s decline in the ease of carrying out business position from 108th in 2016 to 118th in 2020.
According to the Globe Financial institution, this was attributable to the introduction of five % straight levy in 2018, comprising the Ghana Schooling Have faith in Fund (GETFund) and the Nationwide Health and fitness Coverage Levy (NHIL) straight levies at 2.5% every single, thus, earning the payment of taxes more sophisticated and more high priced as they grew to become a value to businesses.
In spite of the previously mentioned, the Akufo Addo-led Governing administration launched 7 new taxes in the 2021 spending budget, further exacerbating the price tag of accomplishing enterprise specifically in a put up Covid-19 recovery era.
This was reaffirmed by the indices of financial freedom, wherever Ghana received an normal score of 57.28 in between 2017 and 2020 as in comparison to 78.63 in between 2013 to 2016, representing a decline of 21.35 and percentage alter of 27.15%, and indicating a decrease in trader self-confidence in the Ghanaian overall economy as opposed to the President’s recommendation of producing a degree taking part in area for enterprises, whether overseas or domestic, as a way of attracting investments into the country.
Ghana Over and above Support To Ghana In Debt Distress
Once more throughout the interview, President Akufo Addo stressed the will need for Africans to appear inside and not rely on the generosity of international nationals and their tax payers for Africa’s economic prosperity, therefore, reinforcing the central topic of his governance of achieving “Ghana over and above Aid”.
In spite of the President’s re-emphasis which has now been confirmed to be mere rhetoric, it is sad to observe that Ghana’s personal debt inventory has ballooned from GHS122billion as at December 2016 to GHS291.6billion as at December 2020, in accordance to the 2021 spending plan assertion, an maximize of 139 percent excluding the economical sector bailout.
This signifies about 76.1% of GDP which includes monetary sector bailout, with domestic credit card debt obligations comprising 39.1% of GDP, and exterior obligations 37% of GDP at a time period of “Ghana outside of Aid” – This is extremely disappointing as the Globe Lender predicts that Ghana’s financial debt to GDP will get to 81% by 2023.
According to the Financial Intelligence Unit (EIU) report issued in April 2021, Ghana is barely capable to assure prudent personal debt servicing through prompt payment of maturing principals accruing from formal credit rating amenities, consequently, leaving the nation in a posture that can be explained as remarkably credit card debt distressed.
The dire problem Ghana faces now was exacerbated by the President’s clear refusal and lack of management, amid affordable counsel from effectively-this means Ghanaians specifically Civil Modern society Organisations (CSOs), to represent a Post Covid-19 Financial Restoration Workforce to facilitate the growth of medium to prolonged term progress and recovery methods empower the Production sector by boosting well being supply chain and make sure reduction in size and expenditure of Authorities with the goal of lessening the economic influence on the economic system.
All these and extra in gentle of the responses by the President reveals a Commander-in-Main who is weak in preventing corruption and lacks the know how in administering a nation to the route of self-sustained financial development. We should constantly remind ourselves of our duty to be honest and open minded: These are main leadership values that display our sensitivity to the plight of the folks.
In summary, in the warmth of the #FixTheCountry marketing campaign where by quite a few youthful people especially, took to social media to categorical outrage about a variety of challenges confronting the region, one would have assumed federal government would have assuaged the anger and fears of citizens by admitting its shortcomings and limits and reaffirm its commitment to strengthen their lot.
Alternatively, federal government sadly chose to lie to the people. it is time for political management to be honest, open up and accountable to the persons.
Also, the security fears arising out of the lifestyle of silence, social media uproar in the #FixThe Country are all-ample discover for political leaders to show very good faith with the people they guide. For now, the man in cost is His Excellency Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo-Addo, who should provide sincere management than create the perception that he does not know the correct point out of affairs in Ghana currently.
The legitimacy of leaders thrives on honesty, honor, and sacredness of obligations, devoted defense, and unselfish performance.
Without having these you can not guide. The President must be honest in the combat from corruption or drop his legitimacy as President of the republic.
As the voice of standard Ghanaians dwelling in Madina, my responsibility is to keep governing administration and for that matter the president to his significant oath of business and to his social agreement with the people, and to that, I commit myself.