President Nana Akufo-Addo has revealed that 21 officials of the previous administration are standing trial over their involvement in an alleged act of causing financial loss to the state.
The President, addressing the 2019 Ghana Bar Association conference in Takoradi, asserted that “21 officials of the previous administration are standing trial over their involvement in alleged acts of corruption or causing financial loss to the state, amounting collectively to the tune of some GH¢772 million.”
“Many of the actions taken by this Government in dealing with alleged acts of corruption, and much of the narrative I have outlined, were unheard off in times past. The days when the ‘punishment’ of erring public officials was their relocation to the Presidency are over.”
“Where prosecutions are called for, they have been or will be initiated. The war against corruption will not be won overnight, but, with political will, it will be won,” he added.
Nana Addo stated that their trial will be conducted in a normal manner, with the safeguards that the law grants all accused persons so that due process is respected.
“The courts will, at the appropriate moment, deliver their verdicts,” he added.
The President stated that his government is committed to fighting corruption not just in words, but, more importantly, in deeds.
By: Joseph Nii Ankrah