An extensive audit of the lifestyle of government appointees is laudable- Appiah Kubi
It is recalled that a Public Policy Analyst Professor Enoch Opoku Antwi called for a lifestyle audit to be conducted on all Ministers, Members of Parliament (MPs) and public servants as part of measures to keep them in check.
Prof Antwi stated that Ghana has several laws that should measure public officers but those laws are not being enforced.
He added the asset declaration law mandates all public officers to declare their properties but nobody actually checks, periodically, whether what the officials stated on the forms is what they actually have.
Asked whether he supports calls for the lifestyle audit of all ministers, public servants and Members of Parliament while speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3 Wednesday, July 26, Prof Antwi said “we need to audit all of them. We have lofty laws that are not working. asset declaration law meant that everybody was supposed to declare their assets but who even goes to verify that the assets they daclare are still what they have.”
Asked whether he would also support calls for the lifestyle audit while speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday, July 29, Mr Andy Appiah Kubi said “Absolutely.”
He also welcomed calls to search the homes of all appointees and other politicians including himself.
Speaking on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday, July 29, he said “I am inviting whoever to come …I am ready, come or go to my house even as I sit here.”
He was commenting on issues involving the former Minister of Sanitation and Water Resources Madam Cecilia Abena Dapaah who tendered her resignation on Saturday, July 22, barely 24 hours after the public discourse of her stolen cash.
Accepting her resignation, President Akufo-Addo described the work done by the former Bantama Member of Parliament as “excellent and productive”.
“It is with considerable regret that I accept your resignation, and I applaud your loyalty to the image and standing of the government,” he wrote on Saturday.
“The work you undertook during your period in Government was excellent and productive, and I thank you for your wholehearted contribution and devotion to the progress of the Government and the nation.”
In her resignation, Madam Abena Dapaah assured of her availability and cooperation with all state agencies to look into her matter, which she concedes has become a “hindrance” to the government at this “crucial” time.
“I have no doubt that at the end of the processes it will be established that I have conducted myself with integrity during my period in public service and I will be fully exonerated from all the allegations,” she further stated in her resignation letter.
President Akufo-Addo also expressed confidence that “at the end of the day, your integrity, whilst in office, will be fully established”.
The matter of the stolen monies – $1 million, €300,000 and millions of undisclosed Ghana Cedis – is in court. It is scheduled to be recalled on Wednesday, August 2.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OPS) searched her home last Monday and made ‘significant findings’.