President Nana Akufo-Addo’s vow to preserve the public purse has become a “illusion,” according to the Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference.
At this year’s plenary conference of the organization in Wa, the capital of the Upper West Region, its president, Most Rev. Philip Naameh, said: “Though poverty stares us in the face, it appears to be lost to those in authority.”
“The president of the republic’s stated resolve to preserve the public purse – a pledge that voters applauded – now appears to be a mirage,” The Most Rev. Philip Naameh made the following observation:
“Are those in charge of the public purse unconcerned about waste and misapplication of resources that belong to all Ghanaians?” he queried.
“Can this be classified as reckless use of power or a lack of sympathy and empathy?” he wondered.
“Those who are entrusted with authority derived from our collective will must understand that what they do with it influences what we will all become in the future,” the priest stated.
While Ghanaians are divided on the Akufo-Addo government’s ability to uphold the rule of law, the majority (62%) are not confident in the president and his government’s ability to protect the country’s financial resources and curb corruption, according to a post-election report by the Centre for Democratic Development-Afrobarometer Ghana’s in August 2021.
Meanwhile, in May of this year, President Nana Akufo-Addo stated that his government had made significant progress in combating corruption.
President Akufo-Addo said he was satisfied with the progress he has achieved so far in an interview with CNN on Monday, 3 May 2021, since Ghana’s anti-corruption rating had “gone up many levels,” in his opinion.
“Do I believe we’ve been successful?” “I’ll say yes,” the President said in response to a straight inquiry.
“A lot has been accomplished, as seen by Ghana’s improving standing and corruption rankings throughout the world,” he said.
“We’ve gone up many levels since I took office because we’re dealing with these issues at their most fundamental level,” the President added.
Ghana’s anti-corruption authorities, he claims, “were very badly resourced” before he took office.
“We may talk about corruption all we want and make all the lovely pronouncements we want, but if the tools at our disposal to deal with it are weak and blunt, we will have no results,” Mr Akufo-Addo said.
In response to the forced resignation of Auditor-General Daniel Domelevo, President Obama stated, “There is a period for retiring that is defined by legislation, not mine.”
“If you’re 60 years old, you’re no longer supposed to be allowed to work in the public sector,” the public remarked, adding, “The Auditor-General, like me, should be among the first to recognize our country’s laws.”