February 7, 2011

The Member of Parliament for Adenta, Kojo Adu Asare has called for the speedy prosecution of the public officials found culpable in the recent investigative piece at the Tema Harbour.

Video footage by Ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas which has been aired on national television showed some personnel from the Customs Excise and Preventive Service (CEPS) and National Security operatives, busily collecting bribes from importers at the Tema Harbour, an act that has deprived the country a lot of monies that should have been accrued to it.

According to the MP, though eleven officials of the Customs Division of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) identified so far in the video footage have been issued with queries to explain their conduct, prosecution of the offenders must be ensured.

Contributing to a discussion on the issue on Peace FM’s Kokrokoo show on Monday, Hon. Kojo Adu Asare, who sounded very appalled by the criminal on-goings at the Tema Harbour condemned the behaviour of certain public officials who turn themselves into wealthy people overnight.

“I find it difficult to understand why, when some people are appointed into public offices their major pre-occupation is to get rich quicker, they instantly forget where they are coming from and turn themselves into rich men overnight ’’ he said.

“Some of us after spending our hard earned money to fund party activities to see the party in power, we are still committed to serving the country in the right manner’’ he added.

Hon. Kojo Adu Asare, called on President John Evans Attah Mills to immediately crack the whip on such nation wreckers to serve as a deterrent for other unscrupulous public officers who still harbor the intention of siphoning state funds.

Story by: Kwadwo Anim/ghanamps.gov.gh