President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has reiterated his resolve to protect the public purse insisting that his decision to become President was not borne out of any interest in amassing wealth for himself at the expense of the citizenry.
He also cautioned family members to behave themselves by staying away from shady deals under his watch indicating that there is the need for them to do things in consonance with the delivery of his mandate to the Ghanaian people.
“I did not come into public life to make money out of public service and members of my family know fully well that they have to behave and are not involved in anything untoward. I am aware that you give a dog a bad name in order to hang it but this dog will not be hanged”. He stated
“I came to reiterate that I need your help in the fight against corruption. I came to renew publicly the secret vow that I took to protect the public purse. I came also to acknowledge that this is not a battle I can wage or win alone,” the President stated during the Internal Audit Conference on Wednesday in Accra
“There are many layers to the protection of the public purse and internal auditors are its primary defenders. I want to say that the stringent and desperate efforts being made by my political opponents to tarnish me and members of my family with corruption will simply not wash”, he warned.
It would be recalled that in the run-up to the 2016 elections, he sounded a similar note of caution to persons hoping to serve in his government with the sole aim of amassing wealth to look elsewhere.
“If your goal in coming into government is to enrich yourself, then don’t come. Go to the private sector. Public service is going to be exactly that; public service!”
He directed such persons who want to dip their hands into the public purse to rather find their way to the private sector because when he is voted as President, he will jealously guard public funds.
According to him, he is not against any individual who wants to make money but “if that is your goal, stick to the private sector; don’t come into the public service.”