President Nana Akufo-Addo has said in order for the African continent to meet the aspirations of its people and open up opportunities for all, priority must be given to key institutions of state. He said, “we must prioritise our budgetary arrangements to ensure that funds are available to strengthen key institutions of state, such as the Legislature, Judiciary, fiscal institutions, amongst others.”
In the case of Ghana, the President indicated that, since he came into office, budgetary allocation to Parliament has been increased by 82%, using 2016 as the base year. The Judiciary, within the same period, has also seen its budget increased by 47%. “It is important that we promote and develop a culture of accountable governance, free of corruption, whereby these bodies see themselves as independent public entities serving the wider public interest, not the temporary conveniences of the governments of the day,” he said.
He continued, “That is why we have added to our architecture of accountability the Office of Special Prosecutor to hold public officials, past and present, accountable for their stewardship of the public purse. A well-known anti-corruption crusader and lawyer, indeed, a leading figure of the current opposition in Ghana, is the first occupant of this Office, from whom the Ghanaian people have much expectation in the fight against corruption.”
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