Former President John Dramani Mahama has said that there is a need to intensify stakeholder efforts and engagement on the National Anti-Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
He indicated that it is sad observing Ghana’s performance on the Transparency International Corruption Perception Index score card after many years of NACAP’s existence.
“This is not how we programmed NACAP to be. NACAP can do better! And NACAP must do better!” he said while delivering an address on political party financing at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA) auditorium on Wednesday, March 22.
“God willing, in 2025, when I have the opportunity to be the President of Ghana who has been a President before, I will come with priceless experience to fix our broken nation.
“I want us to build the Ghana we want together by writing – not footnotes, not pages but – chapters in the anticorruption history of our dear country Ghana. We must also uphold human rights, including freedom of expression and not be describing some journalists as terrorists,” the flagbearer hope fo the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said.
He added that his agenda to “Build the Ghana We Want Together from 2025,” will involve farreaching constitutional, political and governance reforms to restore confidence in our democracy and governance systems.
“We plan to take up and conclude the constitution review process that started under President John Evans Atta Mills. The reforms will include a review of the controversial Article 71.
“I still believe that in this crisis period, Ghana can be managed with not more than 60 ministers. And to cut down on the number of officeholders and remove the disparities in privileges and emoluments.
“Let me state once again that I will scrap the payment of ex-gratia to members of the Executive and persuade other arms of government to accept same. Let those who oppose the scrapping of exgratia state so explicitly instead of moving in meandering contours in a failed attempt to trivialize this important promise.”