Finance minister Ken Ofori Attah has announced that the Nana Akufo-Addo government will make corruption a felony instead of a misdemeanor as part of efforts to fight the canker.
Reading the 2017 budget on the floor of parliament Thursday, the minister assured that government will not pay lip service to fighting corruption but rather pursue a combination of institutional and legislative reforms as part of it’s anti-corruption policy.
“corruption holds back economic growth, increases the cost of doing business, reduces revenue to the state, leads to capital flight, and inflates the cost of running government. It also results in a loss of legitimacy and respect for legally constituted authority”, He noted.
”In this regard, Government will continue the implementation of National Anti-Corruption Action Plan. Additionally, Government will , including establishing the Office of the Special Prosecutor, strictly applying the provisions in the PFM and PPA Acts, as well as amend, in particular, sections 3, 151 and 239-257 of the Criminal Offenses Act, 1960 (Act 29), which will make corruption a felony instead of a misdemeanor.”
‘Mr. Speaker, this government is committed to passing the Right to Information Bill as part of our tools in fighting corruption,” he added.