Sun, 28 Jan 2024 Feature Article

The Dirty Lucrative Game Of Politics In Ghana.

The Dirty Lucrative Game Of Politics In Ghana.

In recent times, the caliber of people venturing into the area of politics not only startles but raises a lot of concerns about the tendency of some professions to diminish or extinct completely. This can be testified in the recent primaries conducted by the NPP, where the Controller General took part though he lost miserably.

In the field of African politics, particularly in Ghana, a phenomenon has emerged that lures the brightest minds into a meadow historically plagued by corruption and controversy. The temptation of political power, coupled with the potential for personal gain, has created a complex narrative where the pursuit of public service often intertwines with less noble motivations.

One of the key factors drawing individuals into the political arena is the magnetism of corruption. The prospect of exploiting public resources for personal gain has, unfortunately, become synonymous with political engagement. In Ghana, as in many other countries on the continent, instances of embezzlement, bribery, and nepotism persist, creating an environment where the pursuit of power is seen as a gateway to wealth. Therefore, corruption has become the magnate that attracts many into politics.

Beyond corruption, the financial incentives associated with political positions play a pivotal role in attracting individuals with substantial intellectual capabilities. Political offices, especially at higher levels, often come with considerable perks – from handsome salaries to access to lucrative business opportunities. This financial appeal serves as a powerful attraction for individuals seeking both influence and economic prosperity.

Political power brings with it the ability to shape policies, influence decision-making, and impact the lives of citizens. This opportunity to wield significant influence within a society is an enticing prospect for individuals with intellectual prowess. The desire to contribute to the betterment of a nation or to shape its trajectory motivates many highly educated individuals to enter politics. However, these individuals with considerable intellectual prowess abandon their areas of knowledge that could be used to help the country develop and rather join the bandwagon in pursuit of dirty lucrative wealth.

While the influx of intelligent minds into politics holds promise for positive change, the prevailing system often stifles reform efforts. The deeply entrenched nature of corruption, coupled with resistance to change from within political circles, creates a formidable barrier to progress. Thus, even those with good intentions may find themselves entangled in a system that hinders genuine transformation. This could however be true only about those who genuinely wish to see the country develop and not those who seek to satisfy their parochial desires through politics.

Finally, the complex interplay of corruption, financial incentives, and the desire for influence has made politics in Ghana a domain that both attracts and repels the brightest minds. While some enter politics with genuine aspirations to serve and reform, the systemic challenges can divert these noble intentions. As Ghana continues its journey toward political maturity, addressing the roots of corruption and implementing structural reforms will be essential to ensure that political engagement becomes a beacon for positive change rather than a path to personal gain.

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Started: 02-07-2024 | Ends: 31-10-2024