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01.06.2016 Feature Article

Getting Politically Political With Corruption In Ghana

.....How Can A Nation Progress Without Stabilizing The Very Basic Foundations Of Its Main Institutions?
Getting Politically Political With Corruption In Ghana
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In tackling or addressing corruption and its related malpractices, the government should ‘crack the whip’ by holding the bull by its horn.

Simple strategies like gating, filling and locking all the loopholes with a secured, pragmatic and responsive mechanisms and techniques as done in the western worlds, is what the government should do.

The U.S president Barrack Obama visited Ghana, and upon addressing the nation he stated that, all Ghana needs, is strong institutions.

He must have known or realised that all our institutions are dormant and weak as anything one could think of.

From the top to the bottom, the nation is engulfed with all the hallmarks and baits of corruption such as insufficient remuneration to workers, greediness and carelessness.

During the erstwhile P.N. D. C era Ghana was deemed undemocratic and a Military State. But then there was some sort of huge stigma attached to the embezzlement and corruption of the state’s coffers due to the end repercussions.

So why is Ghana now democratic, while looting from the nation’s coffers has become the norm? In fact looting, embezzlement and all elements of corruption should seize.

The government must put security measures and mechanisms to scare anyone likely to fall for any act of corruption.

We should rather be patriotic as citizens for development and conquer the act of corruption while gate-keeping all the foundations and borders of our institutions. Only if we want Ghana to become as strong as the developed nations.

The buck of these misfortunes still stacks up with the government, because if some civil servants are not being paid for several days or months, how does one expect them to live.

If a civil servant and for that matter an official, is confronted with such a worst case scenario, they would definitely delve into an act of corruption one way or the other, thereby extending the act of corruption to other units.

We have to praise Anas Aremeyaw Anas, for helping us notice how weak our judiciary system is. The answers were there for us to see in his controversial documentary. With a weak judicial system comes a weak justice delivery.

Another journalist who helped discover the rot in the GYEEDA and SADA corruption also needs to be applauded.

As journalists, these two patriotic men have done their utmost best to bring the situation to the fore, and it is for the government to seal all those corruption routes and gaps in the system.

We as dissidents of Ghana should rather rally and demonstrate for governments to tighten all loop holes left in our institutions for corruptions to be eradicated.

If this is done, the nation Ghana will be efficient in her administration for all to enjoy peacefully, socially, economically and politically despite one’s political affiliations.

But instead of checking each and every government to safe-guard the nation’s institutions with structures and policies that would deter the police, ministers, civil servants, and the general populace to desist from any act of corruption, we rather stick to tribalism, partisan and the usual blame game.

Almost Each and every one in Ghana cries foul of each and every government and for that matter the sitting president.

However, we forget that the cornerstones of each and every developed and democratic nation depend on the pillars of its efficient institutions.

For any government to stop, curb, curtail or control any act of corruption there should be mechanisms that stipulate and militate against acts of corruption.

And if we are living in a modern world as we so claim, are there not computers and other gadgets that detects and inform us of all our inconsistencies?

If so why are we not forcing our governments to adapt such mechanisms in other to make our institutions safe, efficient and responsive as done in the developed nations?

Unless and until Ghana as a nation forces its governments, incumbent or aspiring to make these mechanisms as the standard way of governing and governance.

A perfect example of a government who is holding corruption by the scruff of its neck is President John Magufuli of Tanzania who recently sacked his interior minister for turning up in parliament allegedly ‘drunk’.

In the west, due to mechanisms and policies such as mentioned above, their countries are run on such models so much so that, one does not feel the essence of a political affiliation if an individual wants to remain non-partisan.

Even if party A, B or C lapses, the tendency and probability of the country going forward is really high, due to the standards and policies been maintained and implemented.

There must be a well concerted effort and approach towards killing corruption as a social menace in the nation Ghana, for its citizens to enjoy socially, peacefully, judicially, politically, economically and practically with no hesitations whatsoever.

By getting politically political with corruption, the government must tackle the situation from the top to the bottom despite whoever holds whichever ministerial or governmental position.

The above mechanisms and policies are known as: a solution based politics devoid of tribalism and partialism, for one and all.

Yaw Nketia
Yaw Nketia, © 2016

The author has 8 publications published on Modern Ghana.Column: YawNketia

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