Former President John Dramani Mahama has stated that he will create a Governance Advisory Council as part of his ambition to enhance political governance, aid in the fight against corruption, and guarantee the country’s adherence to human rights.
Mr. Mahama stated that members of the proposed Governance Advisory Council will include representatives of Civil Society Organizations, religious leaders, traditional leaders, and common Ghanaians while speaking to National Democratic Congress (NDC) executives and supporters as part of his campaign to guide his party to the 2024 elections.
According to Mr. Mahama, the duties of the Council will include the yearly production of a State of Government in Ghana report. Mr. Mahama is promising to fight a continuous war against corruption and bad governance when elected in 2024.
Mahama stated “Every year, the Council will release a report on the state of human rights, corruption, and a report on our governance, which will serve as a guide for government to know whether we are on the right track with regards to issues of governance, corruption, human rights, media, and other freedoms including torture and crime”.
President Mahama’s pledge to create the Governance Advisory Council will result in another important step in his campaign to encourage greater governance and combat corruption.
Mr. Mahama established a Code of Conduct for Ministers of State and Government Appointees during his first term as president.
The code of ethics mirrored the goal of his administration to create an orderly government with clear processes, protocols, and performance and delivery standards.
Despite some concerns being acceptable in a traditional and cultural setting, he reminded ministers of state that they are prohibited by governance ethics and the law.
Delineating the ethical parameters within which actions and inactions may be regarded to be acceptable or undesirable, he said, is “one of the strongest strategies to avoid unethical behaviour and abuse of office by public officials.”