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Cudjoe: Public enterprises to be evaluated to curb corruption

The Minister of Public Enterprises said state businesses will soon be evaluated on their capacity to reduce corruption to sanitise the system

Joseph Cudjoe, the Minister of Public Enterprises, has said transparency in state-owned enterprises is crucial to addressing the menace of corruption in Ghana.

Cudjoe’s comment comes after the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey, sacked all staff, who have been on temporary transfer at the passport office for over a year. Some of them are allegedly working as intermediaries (Goro Boys) to circumvent the system.

Botchwey said the online system at the passport office has been compromised in an attempt to introduce corruption into passport acquisition process.

“This cannot continue,” the minister said. “I always say that there is too much happening, which should not be happening in the passport acquisition system.”

“If we talk about ‘goro people’ (middlemen), this ‘goro people’ are outsiders, they do not work on their own… and this should stop.”

Evaluation based on corruption index

Reacting to the development on the Asaase Breakfast Show on Wednesday (16 August), Cudjoe said public enterprises will soon be evaluated on their capacity to reduce corruption.

“I am saying to you, that we will put corruption evaluation parameters, but you have to design them to achieve the objectives you have to achieve, whether for ranking on the public league table,” Cudjoe said.

“One of the evaluation performance I am proposing, of which I will have discussions with State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA), is to get some indicators that evaluate public enterprises on their performance to reduce corruption,” Cudjoe said.

Listen to Joseph Cudjoe in the attached audio clip below:

 

Reporting by Fred Dzakpata in Accra

 

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