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The core of my govt has been combating corruption – Akufo-Addo

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President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has emphasised that his administration has prioritized the battle against corruption, addressing concerns from some quarters that not enough has been done to eradicate it.

The president, speaking at the commissioning of The Law House on Maonday, June 10, argues that corruption tends to thrive in hidden environments and that the key to combating it lies in the availability of information.

To tackle this issue, Akufo-Addo highlighted that his government, in its initial term, facilitated the enactment of the Right to Information Act (RTI) 2019, ACT 989.

He further explained that this Act is designed to enhance accountability and transparency, fulfilling the mandate of Article 21, clause 1(f) of the constitution, which pertains to the right to information.

“The Act, which successive governments failed to pass, sees to the implementation of the constitutional right to information held by public institutions to foster a culture of transparency and accountability in public affairs, subject to exemptions necessary and consistent with the protection of the public interest in a democratic society. The Act is now fully implemented, with the governing board chaired by an experienced and respected retired high court judge,” he stated.

The president said the Ministry of Information has trained information officers across various government ministries, departments, and agencies to ensure the full implementation of the Right to Information law.

He said in 2018, Parliament passed the Witness Protection Act, Act 975, which he signed into law on August 24th of the same year.

“The Act establishes a witness protection agency to create a witness protection scheme as a vehicle for offering protection to persons who are required to cooperate with law enforcement agencies as witnesses in the investigation and prosecution of cases, particularly corruption cases affecting public officers,” he noted.

President Akufo-Addo also rejected ex-President Mahama’s characterisation of him as a clearing agent because he always clears his appointees accused of engaging in corruption.

He claimed that all he has done is ensure that cases are thoroughly investigated to prevent injustices from occurring, as someone who upholds the legal system.

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