Corruption Is Pervasive – Rawlings

President Rawlings with Wesley Girls 1995 delegation

Ghana’s former President Flt Lt Jerry John Rawlings has said corruption is no longer a practice since it has become a pervasive culture.

President Rawlings bemoaned the fact that Ghanaians are becoming immune to corruption, with people now unable to decipher the difference between right and wrong.

He said though there are many sensible people who see what is wrong, they dare not voice it out because of the partisan nature of Ghanaian politics.

The former president was speaking during a recent meeting with the 1995 year group of Wesley Girls’ High School in Cape Coast, Central Region.

He charged the students to speak out on pressing national issues.

‘You dare not criticise or fear your job or business might suffer. You don’t do this in a society. It creates a very polarised, very hostile situation. It creates tension and because no one ignites the volatile situation, we don’t seem to realise we are living in dangerous times,’ Mr Rawlings said.

He commended authorities at the Achimota School in Accra and others such as Wesley Girls, for the special effort they had made not only to maintain academic excellence, but also to preserve and develop their physical structures and natural habitats.

He noted that the standards some schools had upheld gave hope that Ghana’s current decline could be turned around.

He called on old students of all institutions in the country to help pay back what they took from their schools in terms of academic and moral excellence.

‘What we need to preserve money cannot buy – that sense of patriotism, sense of fairness, self-respect and sense of dignity. We should pay back in order to maintain the standards for the benefit of the country,’ he urged.

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