Renowned Ghanaian investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has called on NPP flagbearer Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia to adopt a strong approach towards corruption.
Speaking on Accra-based Joy News' 'The Probe' program, Manasseh said the New Patriotic Party's promise to cut taxes by reducing corruption has not been fully realised.
He pointed to the estimated losses the country incurs from the monies paid to SML over its controversial contract, which exceed annual revenue from the controversial E-Levy.
"I believe strongly that in opposition, the NPP said that instead of taxing Ghanaians, they were to reduce corruption. And then those savings would make us free. SML alone, what we are throwing away is more than what we are getting from the entire e-levy collection per year," Manasseh said.
The journalist cited a case study from his Harvard course on tackling corruption, noting how the registration of businesses can be done within 15 minutes in Estonia with digitization.
He argued that Ghana could save and invest funds by reducing corruption in productive sectors to spur economic growth.
"The grand corruption is in dubious contracts and others. I would want to hear Dr Bawumia very strongly on how he's going to deal with some of these corruption issues that have been passed on from one government to the other,” stressed Manasseh.