Nana Akufo-Addo has stated that, he will not condone corruption in his government.
The flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Nana Akufo-Addo has urged Ghanaians to consider his unblemished track record of personal integrity and fortitude and vote for him in the 2016 elections.
According to him, incorruptible leadership, especially of the president is key in resolving the corruption quagmire that Ghana finds itself today.
He said an incorruptible president will not only be confident to roll out measures that will end the menace, but will also be a good model to follow in the fight against the festering corruption in the country.
“The fight against corruption should start with an incorruptible president. I have said so before and will repeat it again today. I can assure you in all humility that I am not, have never been and will never be corrupt,” Nana Addo told the University of Cape Coast branch of the Tertiary Students Confederacy Network (TESCON).
Nana Akufo-Addo explained that corruption is an unhealthy but expensive commodity that must not be entertained in any society as it ultimately leads to poverty and hardship with resources being in the hands of a few greedy people.
“I can assure you that as your president, I will not condone corruption in my government. I have stated publicly that people who see service in government as avenue for making money will have no place in my government. Their proper place is the private sector where money making is a positive thing. Public sector is exactly that – public service,” he added.
Nana Akufo-Addo observed that the inability of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government to wage relentless war against corruption has for instance caused Ghana to lose so much funds that could have been used to grow the economy thereby improving living conditions for all Ghanaians.
Nana Addo reiterated that the country could have even avoided an International Monetary Fund (IMF) bailout which comes with certain avoidable conditionalities if the government had been honest with the usage of state funds.
He explained the payment of some dubious amounts including judgement debts to some undeserving individuals and companies alone amounted to Ghc 1.8 billion far more than the $912 million bailout from the IMF.
He therefore called on Ghanaians to vote for an incorruptible leader who will not only embrace financial discipline, but will also have the moral right and will power to wage relentless war against corruption thereby utilising the resources of the country positively in deepening the living standards of the people.