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I will not tolerate corruption, Mahama tells new ministers
From: Ghana|Myjoyonline.com|Joy News          Published On: February 14, 2013, 19:55 GMT
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I will not tolerate corruption, Mahama tells new ministers

Newly appointed Ministers

President John Mahama warned his ministers that he will not countenance any act of corruption as he swore another batch of 17 nominees into office Thursday.

He reminded them of the high expectations Ghanaians have for his government and challenged them to ensure that they do not disappoint.

“People have a suspicion of office holders in terms of transparency and accountability.

“We are enjoined by the constitution to be held accountable for what happens in our ministries.

“I told the earlier batch that I swore in to think out of the box and take responsibility of the ministries that they are being sent to... The people of Ghana and myself will hold you responsible for the ministry and we expect that you will also hold your subordinates responsible for delivering on the mandate that you have been given,” he told them.

Majority leader and Minister in Charge of Government Business in Parliament Dr. Benjamin Kunbuor, who spoke on behalf of his colleagues, said they will do their best to ensure that the president’s vision and aspirations are realized.

Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs Minister Dr. Henry Seidu Danaa, Youth and Sports Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and Communications Minister Dr. Edward Omane Boamah told Joy News they are upbeat about delivering on their promises.

Also at the Flagstaff House to meet the President were members of the Standing Committee of the Symposium of Episcopal Conferences of Africa and Madagascar.

They were there to congratulate the President on his election and inauguration and to applaud Ghanaians for ensuring a peaceful election.

They declared that Ghana has again made Africa proud. For his part, President Mahama thanked the Catholic Church for the support it rendered the country during the election.

He expressed surprise at Pope Benedict XVI resignation but described his move a brave one.

He told them that Ghana is committed to working with whoever assumes the papacy next and that it is close to opening a diplomatic mission at the Vatican.

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