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I won’t waver in anti-corruption drive – President assures

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Thursday stated, emphatically, that his government’s determination to rein in corruption in Ghana is non-negotiable.

He said Ghanaians had entrusted him with the responsibility to better their lot, and he would not waver in his commitment to enhance accountability in the nation’s public life, as corruption had become the bane of Ghana’s development and progress.

“Words can no longer defeat the canker of corruption…concrete actions must,” he said, giving the assurance that the Office of Special Prosecutor, which would be enacted in the next Session of Parliament, would boost the anti-corruption drive of his administration.

President Akufo-Addo made the pledge when he addressed the opening of the 2017 Advocates Africa Convocation in Accra.

The four-day programme is being hosted by the Christian Lawyers Fellowship of Ghana. The event brings together various Christian lawyers networks from Africa to discuss pertinent issues to the Continent.

The Concovocation is under the theme: “Awake, Awake Africa and put on Your Strength and your Beautiful Garment”.

The President urged Christian lawyers, in their work and advocacy, to be at the forefront of championing government’s commitment to building a modern, developed, prosperous and progressive Ghana, and free her from a mindset of dependence, aid, charity and handouts.

He noted that with their help, “we will build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is an abundance of decent jobs with good pay, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, and where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged.”

President Akufo-Addo told the lawyers that the Ghanaian people voted him into office because they were dissatisfied with their living conditions and the direction in which the country’s economy was headed.

“I pledged to help build a prosperous society, which creates opportunities for all its citizens, a society where there is discipline and fairness, where people go about their lives in a free and responsible manner, a society where there are safety nets for the vulnerable and decent retirement for the elderly, an open society protected by well-resourced and motivated security services, and where the rule of law works,” he said.

The President said his administration had set to work and was building a business-friendly economy that would enable the country to get to the stage where the opportunities that were available would help it build an optimistic, self-confident and prosperous nation – A Ghana beyond Aid.


Source: GNA

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