FEAR and panic gripped President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the leadership of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), which situation generally making the President and the members of the NPP sleepless.
The fear follows when the pressure group calling itself Back Bone of Good Governance released into the public domain the details of forty-two (42) corrupt practices or scandals which have so far rocked the Akufo-Addo led-NPP government, making the majority of Ghanaians eligible voters to lost confidence in the current government for its failure in the fight against corruption in the country.
In a strong-worded press statement issued yesterday, the group expressed doubts about President Akufo-Addo and his NPP campaign promised in the 2016 general election to run an incorruptible government.
The statement stressed that President Akufo-Addo and NPP would lose the 2020 general election to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) on account of corruption and amassment of wealth.
Read the full statement
10TH AUGUST, 2020
PRESIDENT AKUFFO ADDO TO LOSE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL
ELECTION ON ACCOUNT OF CORRUPTION SCANDALS AND
AMASSMENT OF WEALTH
There is a high number of high-ranking and highly publicized case of corruption and amassment of
wealth in President Akuffo Addo’s government which is alarming. For example, data released by Transparency International’s Global Corruption Barometer (2019) indicates that almost two‐thirds of respondents say that in the 12 months preceding the rate of corruption in President Akuffo Addo’s government has highly increased. At the same time, more than half of the respondents in Ghana indicated that President Akuffo Addo’s government has failed woefully in the fight against corruption.
According to the Corruption Perception Index (CPI) reported by Transparency International in 2018, Ghana scored 41 out of a possible clean score of 100 and in 2019 Ghana’s ranking dropped
from an already low ranking of 78 to 80 out of 180 countries, thereby achieving the unenviable feat of being behind countries such as Namibia, Senegal, and Rwanda in the fight against corruption.
A drop of two (2) places on the latest corruption perception index (CPI) is a dent on Ghana’s reputation and a testament to the endemic corruption that has engulfed President Akuffo
A thorough survey conducted by Back-Bone of Good Governance (BBOGG) shows that President Akuffo Addo and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) are on the verge of losing 2020
the general election on account of corruption and amassment of wealth in his government.
According to eligible voters, the only mechanism through which they can combat corrupt President Akuffo Addo’s government is by electoral choice, thus turning against the corrupt government by voting them out of office and voting in favor of the flag bearer of National Democratic Congress (NDC) His Excellency John Dramani Mahama because of his impeccable record.
The lack of action from President Akuffo Addo since he was sworn in dealing with the numerous
corruptions within his government have cast a dim light over his corruption fight.
Ghana’s independent voters and youth in particular are more desperate to vote him out than ever before They are willing to support and vote massively for His Excellency John Dramani Mahama.
President Akuffo Addo’s unpopularity is reflected in the undercurrent of dissatisfaction of voters who are not convinced of the government to fight against corruption.
Corruption in President Akuffo Addo’s government has brought great opposing effects on Ghana’s
developmental agenda. It is also causing the exclusion of citizens from the political sphere by damaging key features of democracy such as openness, accountability, responsibility, and responsiveness. As a result, citizens are losing the motivation to participate in the 2020 general
Corruption scandals and amassment of wealth in President Akuffo Addo’s government have the tendency to reduce interpersonal trust and have the potential to affect interpersonal relationships negatively among Ghanaian’s eligible voters.
High Corruption scandals and amassment of wealth in President Akuffo Addo’s government
would have a great negative effect on voter turnout and causing voters to have disaffection for the president and his New Patriotic Party (NPP) thereby switching votes for the strong opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) Presidential Candidate His Excellency John Dramani Mahama in the upcoming December 7, 2020, general election.
Some Eligible voters believe that voting will not benefit them–either and would not bother to vote because the costs of casting a ballot would be bigger than the benefits and have lost trust in president Akuffo Addo’s governments’ ability to respond to constituents’ needs and are likely to
Appointees that are glaringly complicit rather get cleared by a Police investigative wing headed by the President’s own in-law (COP Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo Danquah) whom he conveniently appointed.
One other thing which has to turn out to be a mere fluke was Akuffo Addo’s directive in opposition, that persons keen on amassing wealth should rather opt for a private section rather than his government.
Wealth amassment still ongoing in his administration and nobody gets punished.
When corruption intensifies in the country, it tends to draw the interest of the professional public due to widespread acknowledgment of the fact that a country’s development requires, among other things, good governance, and the existence of a high level of corruption is harmful to the
the health of the nation’s economy and its political environment.
Widespread corruption in President Akuffo Addo’s government may lead to political distrust and voter apathy which in turn to depress low turnout among eligible voters in their strongholds and swing regions.
According to our survey, the disgruntled voters said, the President and his government have betrayed the public trust by engaging in corrupt activities that are vulnerable to electoral retribution and loss of office.
President Akuffo Addo’s government is engaging in corruption in order to raise extra campaign resources and outspend their opponents thereby enjoying a greater likelihood of re-election.
On the one hand, the high level of corruption has exposed his government and is damaging their
electoral fortunes since voters are rescinding their decision to vote them out of office in the 2020 general election.
According to then-candidate Akufo Addo, his government would protect the public purse, punish officials who dare engage in corruption, will avoid a government of family and friends, fast-track development of the country among others.
The case as we speak is the reverse.
President Akuffo Addo’s government has also become full of family, friends, ex-girlfriends, natives, in-laws faced with vacuous ineptitude, thievery, contract rip-offs, resignations, etc
leading to unending scandals.
The scandals have become rampant to the point of #ONE DAY,
From embezzlement to fraud, to extortion, to nepotism, to bribery, to graft activities here are the
most shocking corruption scandals that have rocked the four (4) years of President Akuffo Addo’s government.
1. BOST – Gh15m Contaminated fuel
A scandal where Ghana lost about Gh15 million in revenue following moves by the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Limited (BOST) to sell contaminated fuel to non-existing oil companies.
Documents sighted revealed that BOST agreed and sold 5 million liters of contaminated fuel to non-existing Movenpinna Energy, ZUPOIL.
2. Ministry of Trade/Presidency – $100,000 Cash4Seat saga
Cash4Seat scandal was the Presidency and Ministry of Trade and Industry and some private
persons organized a program for which anyone seeking to sit close by the President had to pay
$100,000 bribe to have access.
3. MASLOC – CEO in a unilateral Second-hand car importation deal
A scandal where the CEO of Microfinance and Small Loan Center (MASLOC) CEO was caught
in matters of impropriety including singlehandedly procuring about 1,800 home used vehicles
from Dextro Impex.
This contract between MASLOC and Detrox Impex Company Limited were
signed for the latter to bring in the vehicles to be sold at GH ¢16,000 each to supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
4. GEPA CEO and Deputies sharing company cash
A scandal about the CEO of Ghana Export Promotion Authority, [GEPA], and her 2 Deputies transferring monies from the State Enterprise coffers into their personal accounts.
5. NLA CEO granting his in-law sole-sourced contract exceeding CEO’s limit A scandal about the CEO of the National Lotteries Authority [NLA], Kofi Osei Ameyaw awarding 11 contracts to the sister-in-law, an issue which raised questions of conflict of interest.
The CEO approved the contracts worth more than half a million cedis to Rama Hassan to supply end-of-year packages.
6. MMT CEO/Procurement Officer on tape seeking to breach procurement processes Metro Mass Transit [MMT] scandal in which the Managing Director was caught on tape circumventing procurement processes in the acquisition of some 300 buses for the company.
7. Planting 4 Food/Jobs – Gh18million dubious expenditure.
A scandal where Minister for Food and Agriculture, Dr. Afriyie Akoto was found wanting over a GH10million contract to supply chemicals to fight ‘fall armyworms’. The procured chemicals
turned out to be fake, could not help farmers combat the devastating worms.
The Gh8million allocated for the public education to combat fall armyworm invasion also saw very little being done, leaving farmers at the mercy of the worms.
8. Dubious $2.5m Ghana Post GPS deal
A scandal where the Akufo Addo Government connived with a company, Vokakom to “dupe” the country $2.5 million in a digital and property address system deal. Even between President Akufo Addo and Dr. Bawumia, there is a contradiction over the cost of the project as one claims $2.5 million and the other $2.3million. A system Tech Experts say already exists on our phones.
22. GCMC – Frances Asiam’s stinking deals which attracted the fury of the Board
The CEO of the Cylinder Manufacturing Company, Frances Asiam side stepped procurement
procedures in her management of the company over which the Board met at an Emergency meeting to sack her. The Board later got dissolved by President Akufo Addo because of shame.
23. NHIA – Expose’ by the Auditor General
The struggling National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) wanton financial waste and abuse of
Audit work done by the Ghana Audit Service shows Authority losing
close to 23 million Ghana cedis, plus over 3 million dollars, through duplication of contract activity and unsubstantiated payments.
The Authority was found to have abused the single source
24. MMT CEO on tape saying President Akufo Addo won’t get Gh2m cut from deal Metro Mass CEO caught on tape circumventing procurement processes and heard saying he
would deny President Akufo Addo his Gh2millon cut from the deal.
24. Australia 2018 Commonwealth Games Visa Scandal
A Visa scandal that rocked President Akufo Addo Government was the Deputy Minister for Youth and Sports, NSA CEO, and Board Chair all implicated per the report compiled by the Youth and Sports Minister.
25. NIA dubious $1.22b national registration exercise
A dubious deal that the National Identification Authority [NIA] entered to provide ID cards at a
cost of $1.2billion.
26. Dr. Bawumia’s $19b China cash that never came (leveraging/loan/partnership) Vice President Dr. Bawumia returned from a China trip and told Ghanaians he had secured $19 billion facilities for all manner of developments in Ghana but a dime of the money is yet to arrive.
27. The government verbally equipping the security services Ghanaians have been asking when the Akufo Addo/Bawumia Government will honor its promise to equip the security services. The government had announced plans to allocate some GH¢ 800million to the Ghana Police Service to procure helicopters, drones, to fix CCTV cameras in all Police stations across the country in an effort to improve security.
28. Scandalous $1.37 billion AMERI Novation and Amendment deal
The Akufo Addo government attempt to rip off Ghanaians by seeking to inflate the cost of the
AMERI plants from $510 million to $1.375 billion.
29. Ministerial Appointment jumped from #110 to #112
Contrary to expectations that President Akufo Addo will heed the call of Ghanaians to cut down on his Ministerial appointments from #110, he rather increased the number to #112 appointees at the expense of taxpayers.
30. Two deputy chief of staff’s corruption scandals Two Deputy Chiefs of Staff accused of corruption by A-Plus and tagged as “Thieves of Staff.”
31. Gh5million released by Presidency for NPP Cape Coast conference
An enraged NPP Deputy General Secretary, Nana Obiri Boahen caught on tape exposing President Akufo Addo and the Flag Staff House on the poor taxpayers’ Gh5million released for the organization of the NPP’s Delegates Conference in Cape Coast.
32. GNPC’s underpricing of Ghana’s crude oil
Crude oil underpricing scandal by President Akuffo Addo government and GNPC. $34million has been lost as revenue out of the underpricing. President Akuffo Addo government deliberate attempt to divert the money into private pockets at the expense of critical needs including infrastructure for a struggling free SHS program.
33. Questionable payment by BOST to Springfield A scandal that hit BOST in 2018 over questionable payment made to Springfield Energy by President Akuffo Addo Government.
34. Goats/Cows/Money as a bribe for Akufo Addo MMDCEs Appointment
A scandal that the former Northern Regional Chair of the NPP, Bugri Naabu was collecting goats, cows, and money from potential MMDCEs from the Northern region.
Bugri could not deny but to also hit back, accusing Otiko Afisa Djaba has not been a straight person.35. $10 million wasted on Cocoa Roads Audit 36. $4.5 million AfCON profligate expenditure by the Ministry of youth and sports 37.$17,000 per hour private jet hired by the president to tour the world 38.2-bedroom resident renovated at cost of Ghc1 million by GMA (Ghana Maritime Authority boss –Kwame Owusu now Board Chairman for GRA) and Gh¢700 spent on lunch in a day by Ghana Maritime Authority boss
39. Ministry of Finance paying Ghc1 million to Kroll Associates for no work done – Auditor General 40.$12 million worth of fertilizer for Planting for Food and Jobs missing
41. Gifty Klenam blowing Gh93k on clothing allowance
42. Ahanta West DCE blowing Ghc22k on hotel accommodation
Source: Myafricatoday.net/Story: Freeman Yaovi Aziatroga