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10-Oct-2012  
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 “It is my belief that the fight against corruption must start with an incorruptible President. I can assure you, in all humility, that I am not, have never been and will never be corrupt.”

 “I can also assure you that as your President, I will NOT condone corruption in my Government. I bring to the table and to the Office of President of this great country an unblemished track record of personal integrity and fortitude. I invite you to bank on my essential leadership attributes and make me your president. I will lead a strong fight against corruption in this country.”

 “I have... told my colleagues, party leadership and associates here and abroad: if your idea is to make corrupt money in Government, then there will be no room for you in my government. If you think of public office as a shortcut to making money, then find some other venture to engage your time and energies, because there will be no room under an Akufo-Addo government for self-enrichment in politics.”

 “I, as your President, will lead by example, and will not allow corrupt, greedy and self-serving politicians in my Government. And I urge you, fellow Ghanaians, to hold me to this sacred promise.”

 “The declaration of assets is a constitutional obligation imposed on the President, the Vice President, Ministers, deputy Ministers, and holders of senior level positions in the Judiciary, Parliament and the Executive. I certainly intend to declare my assets, as I have always scrupulously done and shall demand from my Ministers that they declare their assets within the statutory period.”

• (I will) “Institutionalise, what I call, the “Anas Principle”, to create a culture of positive fear to discourage corrupt practices. A special squad, made up of some of our best young talents, who will be well trained and well disciplined, will be created within the established anti-corruption agencies to keep the fight against corruption alive everywhere in the country.”

• “Corruption has to be defeated; it reduces revenue to the state; it holds back our economic growth; it leads to the flight of capital out of the country and it inflates the cost of running government. It results in a loss of legitimacy and respect for legally constituted authority. Corruption demoralises honest people and fill them with uncertainty, mistrust and fear. It stifles initiative and creativity and dampens motivation. It undermines the merit system of rewards, appointments and success and it encourages mediocrity, laziness and incompetence.”

 “I believe that political will is the most critical ingredient in the fight against corruption everywhere. My government will cooperate with investigations of anti-corruption agencies so that they function effectively without let or hindrance.”

 “With your help, I want to be the President who fixes the problem of corruption in our country.”

 “Corruption has been a debilitating factor in the management of our public finances so far, and it has become an even more dangerous factor now that we have oil and our economy is expanding but not creating the needed jobs.”

 “The NPP has a track record of protecting the public purse and we will endeavour to improve on the record. I am afraid it is not possible to say the same about the current government.”

 “Under the NDC, the abuse of public office for private gain has grown in scope and scale to become one of the gravest issues affecting the economy and governance in the country… In less than four years, this government has spent more money than the NPP did in 8 years and yet they have little to show for it. Secondly, this government has borrowed more money than all other governments put together in 52 years. I ask, as all of us must ask, “na sika no wo hene?”

 “Mr President, what Ghanaians really need is their money back, that is what they need. It is very clear to Ghanaians that at least GH¢360 million of these payments made to Woyome, and others were bogus. We urge our caretaker President, as a matter of urgency, to focus on expediting the legal process to retrieve the money and return it to the public purse. We don’t need a sole commissioner to review a matter that is already in court. We want our money back!”

 “We need to protect the public purse. We need to protect our future. We need to change now and move Ghana forward.”
 
 
Source: Communications Directorate, NPP/ Ghana
 
 

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