Ayariga: Anti-Corruption institutions powerless under Akufo-Addo’s government

President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana
President Nana Akufo Addo of Ghana | Photo: Getty Images

The Member of Parliament for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, has expressed his frustration with the state institutions responsible for combating corruption under President Akufo-Addo’s administration, calling them powerless.

Speaking on GHOne TV, Ayariga stated, “To be frank with you, I have lost confidence in almost all the anti-corruption agencies because I have gone to almost all of them with cases and as I sit, none of them has received traction.” He highlighted the case of the Bank of Ghana building and the unexplained price adjustments as an example. “You know I took it to the Office of the Special Prosecutor, even a few months ago. I have to still remind the Special Prosecutor that I have this matter in your office under investigation, but as we speak, I haven’t heard anything.”

Ayariga further noted, “I know if I get up and take this matter and run to EOCO, I doubt anybody will listen to me. Because we live in a country, under a government that has immobilized any institution involved in fighting corruption.”

He continued, “So you take up the cases and you go there and after a while, they come out with some very interesting decision that just negates the initiatives that citizens have taken to fight corruption. The person who is principally responsible for fighting corruption has decided that he is not interested in fighting corruption.”

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