A former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Professor Stephen Adei has said he is unfazed by threats by members of parliament to haul him before the Privileges Committee of the House for calling them corrupt.
Members of the lawmaking chamber have threatened to drag the academician before their disciplinary Committee to answer questions about his unprovoked attacks on them.
The former GIMPA boss in a recent speech in Accra described 8 out of every 10 Ghanaian politicians as “glorified thieves”.
“The other day somebody asked me a question and I was as so shocked. The person asked whether I gave bribe to Parliament for them to pass GIMPA’s law. Not knowing that now if you want Parliament to pass anything else, not only do you bribe the committee, but after they have gotten their share, they ask you where is our ‘lap top’? In other words; you haven’t made provision for our girlfriends. It’s time now in Ghana for us to rise; and it for us to lay the foundations of righteousness in the next generation. Train your children to be servant-leaders wherever they are.
“…At least 8 in 10 politicians in Ghana are glorified thieves, although almost every need of theirs is met by the state. We have to stop it,” he said.
But members of the House have described the comments as baseless and an attempt by the former lecturer to gain cheap popularity.
Reacting to the threats by the MPs, Professor Adei told Starr News Ibrahim Alhassan he is ready to face the committee anytime he is invited.
“I have also heard what they are saying on radio just like everyone else. So we have to await for their move then we will respond accordingly. I am told they are taking me to their court, so when we get there, it will be telecast live so you will hear,” he stated.
Meanwhile, the deputy communications director for Parliament Kate Addo has described the comments as unfair and inappropriate.