The Opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government of starving investigative bodies in their fight against corruption in the country.
Addressing a section of the media in Accra, the NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia said an amount of $6.8million has so far been paid by the Akufo-Addo government to private firms to carry out work that is already being done or has been completed by state agencies.
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“The taxpayers’ money is being spent on state agencies like the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI), the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), the Special Prosecutor’s Office, the Auditor General’s Department and the Attorney General’s. Any of these [institutions] could have carried out these audits” the NDC scribe said.
According to the General Secretary of the NDC, the fight against corruption without resourcing BNI, CID, EOCO, Special Prosecutor’s Office, Auditor General’s Department, CHRAJ and Attorney General’s department is like telling a cat to look after a mouse.
The NDC launched an attack on the Board Chair of the Audit Service, Edward Dua-Agyemang, describing him as a man of no credibility to undertake any responsibility assigned to him and, therefore, questioned why President Akufo-Addo appointed him.