We have followed the developments having to do with the corruption case reported at the National Service Secretariat (NSS) of some payments made to ghost names amounting to some GHC7.9 million and we can best say is disgusting.
We live in a country where just a couple of days ago, the Vice President Mr. Paa Kwasi Amissah Arthur was appealing for support to the tune of $1 million to help combat HIV/AIDS.
We are indeed disgusted at the constant and near-orchestrated manner in which people placed in position of authority are using such opportunities to loot the coffers of the state, which coffers must be protected at all times.
We are however impressed, having identified that the investigation was sanctioned by the President His Excellency John Dramani Mahama in order to ascertain how resources put at the disposal of the NSS were being managed.
We are elated by the swift nature in which the authorities have responded in asking the leadership of the Scheme to step aside to enable full scale investigation into the allegations.
In this era of economic difficulty, we would like to commend the BNI for eschewing their parochial interest and putting the national interest first by rejecting the various sums of monies offered them in an attempt to conceal the truth.
We would want to admonish the president to ensure that this issue is dealt with to its logical conclusion. The persons involved, when found guilty, must be dealt with according to the laws of the land.
It must be made clear that efforts to uncover corruption and to expose and to deal with it must not been seen as a weakness and those working to uncover and reveal it must also not be seen as the bad ones. It is better and more efficient for a government to commission a team to uncover corruption since the team would be given the necessary assistance to enable them carry their works efficiently as was in this case.
Serious efforts must be made to restore hope in the management of the public purse.
Stephen Kwabena Attuh ASK!
Adomako Fred Williams
Nii Addotey Yemo 1
George Ekegey Ekeha