Dutch Ambassador clarifies ”Ghana beyond corruption” comments

The Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker, has clarified recent comments he made on Ghana beyond Corruption widely published by the media.

In a statement Monday, he expressed regret that some media houses have suggested that he called the ‘Ghana beyond aid’ agenda to be replaced by a ‘Ghana beyond corruption’ agenda.

”Nothing could be further from the truth. The Netherlands has been and will be a staunch supporter of the Ghana beyond aid agenda initiated by President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2017” he said.

He said all efforts by government and civil society in Ghana to stamp out corruption are part and parcel of the agenda.

Mr Stikker added that the Netherlands was also committed to supporting the efforts of Ghana to fight corruption, including some support to civil society organizations such as the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII).

”I hope this will help the determined efforts of government and civil society to fight corruption which is a core element of the Ghana beyond aid agenda,” the statement said.

Below is the statement by the Ambassador

“All efforts of government and civil society in Ghana to stamp out corruption are part and parcel of the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda”, said Dutch Ambassador Ron Strikker this morning when clarifying his catchphrase “Ghana Beyond Corruption” used at the celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Ghana Integrity Initiative in Accra last Thursday.

“Much to my regret some media have suggested that I called for the Ghana beyond Aid Agenda to be replaced by a Ghana beyond Corruption Agenda. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Netherlands has been and will be a staunch supporter of the Ghana beyond Aid Agenda initiated by President Nana Dankwa Akufo-Addo in 2017”.

Referring to the remarks he made at the GII 20th Anniversary Event, “Twenty Years of Fighting Corruption”, Ambassador Strikker said that the Netherlands was also committed to support the efforts of Ghana to fight corruption, including some support to civil society organizations such as the Ghana Integrity Initiative.

“I hope this will help the determined efforts of government and civil society to fight corruption which is a core element of the Ghana beyond Aid Agenda,” the ambassador added.

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