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President Akufo-Addo gets tough on lawbreakers

By
Ken Sackey, GNA

Accra, June 19, GNA –
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Monday warned that his government
would not provide immunity for wrongdoers, stressing that those who flouted the
law would face the prescribed sanctions, irrespective of creed, status or
political affiliation.

“I assure the country
that my government will not shield anyone found to have broken the laws of this
country… Application of the laws of the land must occur without fear or
favour, affection or ill-will, and, therefore, without recourse to the
political, religious or ethnic affiliations of any citizen of the land.

“When you fall foul of
the law, you must be dealt with accordingly, and the law enforcement agencies,
including the Judiciary, must ensure this is done. To persons perpetrating acts
of lawlessness in the name of being members of the ruling party, let me make it
clear to you that you will find no shield in my government from the law,” he
cautioned.

President Akufo-Addo
gave the warning when he swore into office the new Chief Justice of Ghana,
Justice Sophia Abena Boafoa Akuffo at the Banquet hall of the State House in
Accra.

He said it was
unacceptable that citizens took the law into their hands, citing recent
disturbances in Savelugu in the Northern Region, where party faithful prevented
a duly appointed and approved District Chief Executive from assuming office.

“I urge the Police to
do everything in their power to bring to book all those who fall foul of the
law. We cannot have development, which will bring jobs to our youth, without
order,” he said.

President Akufo-Addo
was optimistic that the Office of the Special Prosecutor, when operational,
would ensure the prosecution of public officials, past and present, who engage
in acts of corruption and financial malfeasance, saying “it is my expectation
that the Judiciary will help facilitate the work of this body.”   

He restated his
government’s dedication to building a new Ghanaian civilisation, where the rule
of law was the guiding principle for the development of the State.

“We are determined to
build a new Ghanaian civilisation, where the rule of law is not a slogan, but
an operating principle for the development of our State, where the separation
of powers is real and meaningful, where public officials behave with honesty
and integrity, where the liberties and rights of our people are fully
protected, and where law and order provide a firm basis for our social and
economic development, so that the dreams of freedom and prosperity that
animated the great patriots, who founded our nation, can find expression in our
generation.

“All of us, from the
public sector, the security agencies, the private sector, the political
parties, the civil society, the religious bodies, and the traditional
authorities, have a joint responsibility to work together, with our different
views and our different perspectives, for the Ghana project,” he said.

The President
admonished the entire citizenry to help work and “free ourselves from a mindset
of dependence, aid, charity and hand-outs, and rather concentrate on mobilising
Ghana’s own considerable resources to resolve Ghana’s problems.

“It is a collective
enterprise to which we should all commit ourselves, in unity and in sincerity.
For my part, I have an unshakeable faith in the boundless prospects of Ghana’s
future and will work for it, the radiance of the Black Star.”

GNA

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