Presenting a statement on the floor of Parliament in relation to corruption, Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Member of Parliament for Nsawam-Adoagyiri, Frank Annoh-Dompreh, has recommended that members must not politicise the government’s effort at fighting corruption.
Mr. Annoh-Dompreh indicated that political parties should desist from playing political games with allegations of corruption that may pose a danger to the economic stability of the nation.
He pointed out that mere allegations of corruption cannot help to deal with corruption in a sustainable way.
“Allegations of corruption must actively be backed by evidence. It is equally important that citizens actively get involved in the provision of evidence to help fight corruption”, he added.
Addressing the house on a just ended African Union (AU) summit held in Nouakchott at Mauritania, Mr Annoh-Dompreh revealed that a study conducted by Transparency International on Corruption Perception in 2017 disclosed that no African country was found worth to be ranked among the first thirty clean countries.
“South Sudan and Somalia from Africa were ranked lowest with score of 12 and 9 respectively by Transparency International. It is no doubt that corruption has remained the most destructive, unscrupulous, dangerous and irregular to human development and existence in Africa”, he explained.
He continued to inform the house that corruption takes US$148 billion out of the African continent through various corrupt activities and it represent about 25 percent of Africa’s average of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
In making suggestions on the floor, Mr Annoh-Dompreh recommended that presidents must appoint committed people with high moral standards to manage public institutions.
He again suggested that Parliament must hasten to pass the Right to Information and Conduct of Public Officers Bills to ensure transparency and accountability in tackling corruption and its related issues.
Mr Annoh-Dompreh finally admonished that the minority in Parliament should desist from blackmailing the government with wild allegations of corruption that cannot be proven.