Vice President, Dr Alhaji Mahamudu Bawumia says the signing of the Special Prosecutor Bill into law is a significant step in the President Akufo-Addo’s determination to fight corruption in the public life of our dear nation.
He said both past and present public officers will be under the microscope and held to account for their actions.
“This will help fight corruption and ensure prudent use of our resources for the benefit of all,” he said.
The Vice President who was speaking at the 86th Annual National Convention Of The Ahmadiyya Muslim Mission At Baghe-E-Ahmad (Pomadze) in the Central Region on Thursday said that, “Finally, in our attempt to utilize resources prudently to benefit deprived communities, we have signed into effect the Zongo Development Fund Bill which is set up to improve the lives of our people in the Zongo communities,” he added.
The Vice president said, to achieve all these and all other government projects, there is the need for the support and cooperation of all.
“This means we should all develop a sense of patriotism, eschew corruption and espouse honesty in all our undertakings,” he pointed out.
Dr Bawumia indicated that religious bodies have a mandate to provide training that is capable to transform society and the individual saying, “without this guidance, the human being, in his physical state, has the tendency towards unacceptable behaviours”.
“Religion is supposed to regulate man’s behaviour in such a way that mankind is guided through reason and understanding. This, brings a person’s physical state under control in an orderly and proper manner.
He said there was no doubt that majority of Ghanaians belong to one religion or the other but the role of religion in shaping and moulding the moral character of citizens has lately been questioned in terms of deliverables.
“The question is whether religion has been successful in moulding society towards acceptable behaviours characterized by high levels of integrity and honesty or the converse. Many believe that religion has somehow failed in sterilising the society due to the prevalence of high levels of corruption, stealing of public and private funds through inflation of contracts, under-invoicing and over-invoicing, tax avoidance and tax evasion, among others,” he stated.
According to him, the greatest remedy to all of these vices is the continuous inculcation of discipline into the moral fabric of the Ghanaian people and challenged religious bodies to do more in this direction.