By Kwamina Tandoh, GNA
Accra, April 13, GNA - The Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has applauded the decision by the President to suspend the Deputy Minister of Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, and the acting Director General of the National Sports Authority (NSA), over the Commonwealth Games visa scandal.
The suspension of the pair followed preliminary investigations by national security.
About 60 Ghanaians, claiming to be journalists, had been deported by Australian authorities, who are hosting the games, and this has triggered public outrage.
A statement signed by Nana Osei-Bonsu, Board Chairman of GACC, a copy was made available to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), said the prompt response by the President to the incident that embarrassed the nation on the international stage was a demonstration of his commitment to fighting corruption.
“We particularly, commend the swiftness of the response and wish to encourage the President and other appropriate state institutions to do same in all instances of alleged corruption, no matter who is involved.
Perceptions of corruption are heightened if allegations of corruption are not acted upon immediately.”
The statement called for the police Criminal Investigations Department and other institutions involved in resolving the matter to act quickly to “show that we can win the fight against corruption and to restore public confidence in the institutions of state’’.
GACC is a unique cross-sectoral grouping of public, private and civil society organizations with a focus on promoting good governance and fighting corruption in Ghana.