The Chairman of the National Development Planning Commission (NDPC), has decried what he terms as hypocrisy in the fight against corruption.
Professor Stephen Adei noted that “it’s amazing when the watchdogs or the keepers themselves come out to be among the most corrupt.”
The veteran educationist’s comments come few days after allegations of corruption and conflict of interest have been leveled against the Chief Executive of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), an entity set up to check corruption.
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Adjenim Boateng Adjei was cited in a documentary by freelance investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, to be a shareholder in a company that bids for government contracts and allegedly sells same.
President Nana Akufo-Addo has since suspended the embattled CEO pending investigations by the Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
Speaking on Friday at the launch of ‘Unashamedly Ethical,’ a campaign geared towards instilling the values of clean living at work, public office and in private life in the citizenry, Prof Adei noted that Christians must take on the mantle to fight corruption.
“What is really needed is a few committed people, especially Christians who would dedicate their lives to say, ‘not only would we as individuals not engage in corruption but we would not allow other people to get away with corruption’…” Adei said.
He added that nobody can steal government money alone and it is binding on the few who abstain from corruption to be unashamedly ethical and confront others, when they find them shortchanging the nation.
The campaign is being organised by Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International and with the backing of the government.