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12.12.2017 Feature Article

Instead Of Creating Yet More Regions Why Not Use The Money For That Dubious Purpose To Rather Fund Ghana's Political Parties?

Dan Botwe, Minister For Regional Reorganization
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Dan Botwe, Minister For Regional Reorganization

An old wag I know recently told me that he doubts that those who now govern our nation properly thought through how they could make Ghana a truly prosperous nation within a decade, before winning power in the 7th December, 2016 parliamentary and presidential elections, a little over a year ago.

According to him, if Ghana's current leaders had actually thought through how to protect the public purse - from those siphoning off taxpayers' funds into private pockets: i.e. public-sector white-collar criminals colluding with private-sector crooks - so that the wherewithall to ensure that all demographics in each strata of society benefit equally from shared-prosperity in Ghana, they would have tackled the issue of financing political parties as a priority item on their nation-building agenda.

Indeed, it is a fact that the need to adequately fund ruling parties is the source of most of the high-level corruption bedevilling our country. It is the reason why the use of insider-information is rife in the award of public procurement contracts, for example.

According to bush-telegraph sources, the need to fund ruling parties fuels a super-lucrative trade in insider-information from upper-echelon public-sector appointees to private-sector players closely associated with powerful and influential members of ruling parties - who in turn get secret kickbacks for rendering such empowering-services to the high net worth entrepreneurs who increase their wealth through the use of insider-information.

Clearly, if we are serious about ending high-level corruption in Ghana, we must all accept that a creative means of funding political parties from the public purse, ought to be found quickly - and new laws passed to make provision for same in our annual national budgets.

The question is: Instead of wasting taxpayers' money creating another layer of corrupt public officials to run yet more regions to be created in Ghana to weaken the cohesion of our nation - just to empower tribal-supremacist Chiefs and their lackeys-with-serf-mentalities supporters across the country - with respect, why do we not rather use funds earmarked for that extremely dangerous and foolish enterprise to fund our nation's political parties, as a creative way of ending high-level corruption in Ghana? Food for thought.

Kofi Thompson
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