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Public Officials and ‘Accountability’

people_don__t_know_their_true_power_by_slipkorn_x-d5eoizc.jpgI have always held the opinion that, public office is a public trust, and that public officers and employees must, at all times, be accountable to the people, serve them with utmost responsibility, integrity, loyalty, and efficiency; act with patriotism and justice, and lead modest lives worthy of emulation.

The service delivery by public officials is so poor and nothing to write home about lately. These officials are largely unaccountable to the Ghanaian people who have voted them into public offices and who are also taxpayers, paying such officials. This poor service delivery; which manifests itself in very high levels of poverty, thievery and unemployment, is a direct consequence of widespread mismanagement and endemic corruption on the part of the uncountable public officials as well as little or no active citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs.

It is in the best interest of all Ghanaians to ensure that elected and or appointed public officials manage public resources in an efficient, transparent and accountable fashion. These resources belong to all Ghanaians. When public resources are abused through mismanagement, maladministration and blatant corruption, it is the ordinary members of society, and, in particular, the marginalized, poor and unemployed women, youth and members of indigenous minorities who suffer the consequences.

We must SPEAK-UP to ensure that elected and appointed public officials are accountable to the people of Ghana, and also ensure effective service delivery in the country. The promotion of active citizen participation in the conduct of public affairs is a necessary tool. We must all speak-up. Ghana must get involved and SPEAK-UP! for God and Country.

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