Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra, Catholic Church, Archbishop Gabriel Charles Palmer-Buckle has stated that Ghana lacks the honest leaders to fight against corruption which has impoverished the country.
Chairing the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA) Corruption Conference dubbed “Purging The Nation Of Corruption: Demanding Accountability From Public Institutions”, Archbishop Palmer Buckle bemoaned the rate at which the fight against corruption is like flogging an old horse.
Giving his remarks as the chairman of the IEA Corruption Conference at Fiesta Royale Hotel on Thursday, the Metropolitan Archbishop of Accra applauded the effort of IEA, Civil Societies, Faith-based societies, Public Awareness Creation Group, the government and the media and the three arms of government to fighting corruption.
Following the attempt to fight corruption in the various articles and publications, Archbishop Palmer Buckle insisted it will take honest leaders to go beyond the same old discussions and suggestions and begin to implement action plans which will be an insurgency against corruption.
“Kudos to IEA and to all the Civil Society Organizations that have kept corruption on the front burning of our country’s political discourse and it must be kept at the front burning and not the back burning. Let’s keep it on our agenda every time….but at some points I am tempted to look for an honest man in Ghana; do we have honest men in Ghana?”, he quizzed.
“In fighting against corruption, we cannot ignore the three pillars. The National Anti-Corruption Action Plan has come up with quite an interesting document and fantastic blueprint but it has to be implemented by honest men; suggestions have come up from various sectors and these suggestions have to be implemented by honest men….most probably the search for honest men still continues,” he charged.
He therefore impressed upon Ghanaians to look into themselves for answers which can only be found in themselves; stressing that “paper works have been perfectly done today and putting them into practice is the need for honest men; let’s continue the search for our honest man”.
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