Dr. John Kwakye, the Director of Research at the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), is urging the government to implement the US Inspector General (IG) system to combat corruption more successfully.
In response to Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, the flagbearer of the New Patriotic Party, speaking to Ghanaians on Wednesday, February 7, about his vision, Dr. Kwakye stated that the system’s adoption will stop corruption before it starts.
In an essay titled “Dr. Bawumia’s Speech: Making the Impossible Possible?” According to Dr. Kwakye, for action to be taken about corruption and topics or issues relating to corruption, the Inspector General will have to report directly to Parliament.
“We propose Ghana to implement the US Inspector General (IG) system to stop corruption before it starts. Every MMDA will have an embedded Inspector General (IG) who will oversee all financial transactions within the MMDA. The IG will be independent and answer directly to Parliament. This will help to keep the majority of corruption from occurring. It would be preferable to stop corruption before it starts since we are not very good at prosecuting it.”
To support the correct operation of anti-corruption organizations like the OSP, EOCO, CHRAJ, and NIB, he further urged the government to bolster and resource them.
“That being said, I think the responsible organizations—OSP, EOCO, CHRAJ, and NIB—have a significant part to play in the battle against corruption. As a result, I will advocate for their support and funding as they carry out their responsibility to look into and prosecute corruption to dissuade possible offenders. However, it must be acknowledged that tackling corruption from the top down is the most reliable approach.”
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