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Manasseh Azure has showered praises on His Excellency the President Nana Addo Danquah Akuffo Addo for swiftly reaction to the Contract For Sale Documentary that exposed corruption at the Public Procurement Authority. My News Ghana reports.
The president dismissed the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority after an investigation by CHRAJ revealed the rot in the office of the PPA CEO.
According to Manasseh Azure, the move by the president is in the right direction and will serve as a deterrrent to other public office holders. He however called on Public institutions to do their parts to ensure a complete eradication of Corruption in the Country.
The president has done his part, it is up to state institutions to do same. he said in a statement My News Ghana spotted. The ace journalist drived focus on issues at Zoomlion which resulted in the state losing several millions of Ghana Cedis unaccounted for.
He called on the president to double his action and also sought for the assistance of other state institutions to help delve into the matter at Zoomlion to the buttom.
Read his full statement as copied to My News Ghana below:
I want to commend President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo highly for the actions he has taken on the “Contract for Sale” investigative documentary since I aired it last year.When he referred the matter to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), I commended him.
I was convinced that he was forthright on the matter, judging from the agencies he referred the matter to. It wasn’t the usual suspicious avenues the political class use if they want someone cleared. The President has also swiftly acted on the CHRAJ report and that is also very commendable.
I disagree with those who say the president should have referred the matter to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO). CHRAJ has done that and there’s no need. The president has done his part and we need to put pressure on the other state institutions and public officials to also do their work.
Martin Amidu and his office should tell us what they have been up to. EOCO should also let us know what it finds.I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the President to prevail on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to prosecute the fumigation scandal. More than 200 million cedis was found to have been paid to Zoomlion and it’s sister companies without evidence of work done. Those who awarded the contract could not provide any justification for paying the money.
The police submitted a docket to the Attorney General over a year ago, but nothing has happened.
Through an appeal from the Auditor General, I worked with the police and I know that a first year law student can secure conviction with the enormous evidence that has been built into the docket.
On this matter, I also want to commend CHRAJ for doing such a thorough job.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), which funded the investigation deserve an appreciative mention.
Signed:Manasseh Azure Awuni, October 31, 2020.
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