President John Dramani Mahama’s government has started the process of restructuring GYEEDA and has requested the Attorney General’s office to sanction any persons identified to have been involved in wrong doing in the GYEEDA affair. This was revealed when the President recently addressed the conference of African Association of Anti-Corruption Authorities (AAACA).
It could be recalled that the President and his government came under a deluge of immature criticism and unrealistic demands from a section of political interest groups. Some of these groups further claimed that the President’s appointment of Mr. P.V. Obeng in connection with the GYEEDA report was an attempt to re-write the rot about the agency.
Eventually, these interest groups and other persons connived to hastily release a document termed ‘Draft GYEEDA Report’ in the public domain to stir unnecessary sentiments.
However, President Mahama has proved these sceptics wrong. He has followed through with his promise to release the actual GYEEDA report to the public. Aside from the directives to the AG to prosecute persons found culpable, the Chief of Staff is reactivating the process of drafting a GYEEDA bill for consideration by Cabinet and subsequently by Parliament.
These initiatives altogether go to add to the realism that since he assumed office, President Mahama has demonstrated Nelson Mandela’s assertion that “the time is always right to do right”.
The President has on several platforms drummed home his government’s resolve to expose and prosecute corrupt individuals and institutions irrespective of their party affiliation; this he has so far demonstrated much to the admiration of all, including the international community. Unlike a certain regime which said “Corruption is as old as Adam” and that allegations of corruption against their officials will only be investigated if convincing evidences are adduced.
Again, the recent criticism from some youth appendages of some political parties with regards to the president’s directive to the AG to prosecute persons implicated in the final report is never the less repugnant and preposterous. It appears these so-called pressure groups and their mother parties have heavily anaesthetised their consciences so much so that they have become too morally numb to the countless thumbs-up the government receives daily for its relentless efforts at fighting corruption.
Mahatma Gandhi’s famous quote that “A ‘no’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble” has been loudly personified in our gentle but action-oriented President John Dramani Mahama. It is a sheer demonstration of strong leadership.
TYDE GHANA therefore wishes to use this medium to urge the AG’s office to quickly put the president’s directive into action without fear or favour so as to purge itself of the long held perception of malfeasance within its domain.
TYDE Communications Team
TYDE GHANA, Accra.
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