Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, the Minority Leader in Parliament, has commended the former Attorney-General, Mr Martin Amidu, for his patriotic credentials in the fight against corruption over the past three years.
“He is the person that the nation must show respect to. We salute you Crusader-General Martin Alamisi Amidu,” the Minority Leader said.
Mr Mensah-Bonsu made the commendation in Accra when he presented the Minority’s State of the Nation Address, at a press briefing dubbed: “The True Message of the Present State of the Nation, 2015.”
On corruption, he regretted that President John Dramani Mahama in his State of the Nation Address, lamented the fact that the ”the process of investigation and prosecution of allegations of corruption, economic crimes and mismanagement by the Economic and Organized Crime Office, and the Attorney-General’s Department, have been subject to delay, and have been unable to fulfill their mandate.”
He urged the President to investigate how come 80 to 85 per cent of all public procurement were made by sole sourcing or restrictive tendering, in spite of the enactment of the Public Procurement Act.
“The Auditor-General’s Reports are establishing cases of serious malfeasance and grand corruption. The difficulties that the nation is going through, are due to many factors, not least among which are massive corruption, wastage and maladministration,” Mr Mensah-Bonsu said.
He appealed to the President to publish the reports of the fire outbreaks at some markets and workplaces, for which some National Democratic Congress members pointed accusing fingers at opposition elements.
He asked for the findings of the Committee that was set up by late President John Evans Attah Mills, in respect of the purchase of air crafts for the military.
Mr Mensah-Bonsu also reminded President Mahama of his promise to retrieve whatever loss the nation incurred in the botched STX transaction.
“The issue of recovering so-called judgement debts that have been wrongfully paid to Alfred Agbesi Woyome, Waterville, Isofoton, and Construction Pioneers, will not go away.
“This is especially so, because people whose prime responsibility it is, to advise the President on legal matters turn facilitators in the payment of government monies to persons for no work done,” Mr Mensah-Bonsu said.
He said the issue of the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Agency (GYEEDA) and SUBA, cannot be swept under the carpet, adding that SADA remains a good concept, but its implementation was disastrous.
“Let us deal decisively with the corruption and the corrupt elements, and then reposition the enterprise. It holds a lot of promise for the future, but not in the current nature, form and character. It is not a change in the Board of Directors alone that will bring change of direction,” he stated.