Ghana doesn’t need foreign aid – Amidu
Ghana can survive without foreign handouts or aid if corruption is eradicated or minimized, the special prosecutor nominee has said at his vetting.
Martin Amidu decried the massive leakages at the ports and other sectors of the public, stressing Ghana can save a lot if those gaps are blocked.
“I will say the amount of seepages and leakages at the ports if we stop it we won’t need foreign aid,” the former deputy attorney general stated before the Appointment’s Committee of Parliament on Tuesday, February 13, 2018.
President Akufo-Addo has on different platforms told the international community that he wants to build a Ghana Beyond Aid because the nation has all the resources to be self-sufficient.
“We’re determined,” he said in Germany June 2017, “to wean ourselves off aid” and that can be achieved after comprehensively fighting corruption and plugging all the loopholes in the country’s finances.
Beyond that, he said his government is committed to upholding the country’s constitution amidst reports of unrestrained lawlessness in the country.
Answering questions before the committee, Mr. Amidu opined: “Taking millions of cedis for oneself deprives people of quality healthcare, education and other services.
“I want to set up a credible institution with a credible culture and block all the leakages in the system. I don’t care if I’m unable to prosecute anyone because part of the law talks about prevention.”
The Citizen Vigilante boasted he is the best choice for the tedious fight against corruption.
“…If you want anybody who will be meticulous in investigation and prosecution, the president has made the best choice for,” he said.
He added: “But if you want somebody who will look other way just disapprove.”
About Martin Amidu
Martin A. B. K. Amidu was the Attorney-General and Minister for Justice from January 2011 till January 2012 under the late President John Evans Atta-Mills.
Amidu, a member of the NDC, served as the Deputy Attorney-General for about the last four years of the Provisional National Defence Council military government.
After civilian rule was established in the Fourth Republic in January 1993, he continued to serve in the government of Jerry Rawlings as Deputy Attorney-General. This he did for both terms lasting eight years until January 2001.
In the December 2000 presidential elections, he stood as the running mate of John Atta Mills. They both, however, lost to President John Kufuor that year.