The Coalition for Democratic Accountability and Inclusive Governance, also known as the Citizens’ Coalition has called on the government to account comprehensively to the citizens over managing state funds, interventions, and offices.
Nana Asantewaa Afadzinu, the Executive Director of West Africa Civil Society Institute, and a member of the Coalition, who made the call at the launch of the Coalition in Accra, said corruption in the public sector remained an existential threat to the consolidation of Ghana’s democracy.
“It has eaten dangerously into party politics, and public procurement and threatens to overwhelm the Republic,” she added.
Despite government interventions like the establishment of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, she said, the provision of resources to some anti-corruption agencies and the passage of the Right to Information law, had not made progress against public corruption.
The Citizens’ Coalition, therefore, echoed the call on the Auditor General to exercise his powers under the constitution to issue surcharges and disallowances against persons cited for various financial irregularities in the 2019 and 2020 Auditor-General’s reports.
“We note that in 2018, Mr Daniel Domelovo, then Auditor-General, recovered over GHC 66 million back to government coffers through surcharges,” she added.
“We also urge the leadership of the Lands Commission to act conscientiously in the discharge of their duties to safeguard the national interests as far as this matter and all public lands are concerned,” she stated.
On the Agyapa Royalties Deal, she admonished the government to suspend all steps at implementing it for a more thorough public scrutiny of agreements.
On delay in passing the Affirmative Action Bill, she urged the President and his Cabinet to act with dispatch on the Bill and have Parliament consider and give it as soon as possible.
This would promote inclusion, fairness, and justice for all in society, particularly women and girls, she explained.
Nana Asantewaa said the Citizens’ Coalition had also closely followed the issues related to the government’s accounting of COVID-19 expenditure and believed it was imperative that the expenditures made for which Ghanaians continued to pay levies were adequately accounted for.