The government has been strongly urged by the Ghana Catholic Bishops’ Conference (GCBC) to set an example in respect to its request for burden-sharing.
The Conference wants the government to reduce the expenses associated with running state-owned businesses, for example.
An official statement released at the close of the Conference’s Annual Plenary Assembly on Friday, November 11 said that “the size of government and leadership in State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) should be significantly reduced.”
“One strong signal that will indicate leadership is committed to burden-sharing is by reducing the size of presidential and ministerial convoys.”
The Conference also advocated for an “aggressive” response to the Auditor- General’s recommendations which are often reflected in his annual report.
The report is filled with instances of money misappropriation, mismanagement, and “actual thievery,” yet little to no action is done to recover the funds, it was noted.
The Conference urged the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, to combat this disease with genuine vigor and see to it that the missing funds are found.
“We ask that our President should show real commitment in fighting corruption by making use of the security and intelligence community to investigate allegations of corruption, prosecute as well as recover stolen funds.”
The bishops urged Ghanaians to abstain from any attitudes and actions that can be seen as encouraging bribery and corruption.
“We call on all Catholics, especially those in politics and public service to lead this crusade against corruption.”
The Annual Plenary Assembly was held at the Fr. Alfons Merten Centre in Donkorkrom in the Eastern Region on the theme: ‘For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission in the Light of the New Evangelization in Ghana’.
It started on November 4 on a Friday and ended on November 12 on a Saturday.
The Metropolitan Archbishop of Tamale, Most Reverend Philip Naameh, was succeeded as President of the Conference by Most Reverend Matthew Kwasi Gyamfi, who was elected by the Assembly.