General News of Wednesday, 2 December 2015
Ghana is rotten to the core with corruption, Dr Richard Amoako Baah has said.
Commenting on the latest Global Corruption Barometer by Transparency International, which said Ghana is the second most corrupt country in Africa, the former head of the political science department of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST) told host of Class91.3fm’s Executive Breakfast Show, Ekow Mensah-Shalders, on Wednesday December 2, that the rot in the system mirrors the findings.
“…We should not be surprised at all about what is happening. You see Anas’ exposé, our judges taking bribes, the executive branch is completely rotten, and on and on and on.
“Come to the larger society. Teachers are cheating for students, students buying papers. Who is left? So I am not surprised at all that this is the report that has come out. But you are asking: ‘How do we fight it?’ It starts from infancy; it starts in school, with parents teaching their children the right thing. They don’t do that,” he said.
Dr Amoako Baah said the current rotten nature of Ghana has an umbilical cord in the past.
“There was a period in Ghana’s history when there was a famine when Rawlings was in charge, when people will do anything. When people become that desperate – you have to eat, food becomes so scarce, morals go out of the window because you will say whatever you will have to say to survive, and that is what happened.
“And we’ve never been able to recover from that because when things happen this way it’s not about leaving things to people. The government and the society must actively educate themselves again, preach and put these ideas in the heads of young people. They grow up without knowing any of these things. So now it’s what you can get and how quickly you can get,” he bemoaned.
“Look at all these people with cocaine money becoming big men. We don’t care where you get the money from, just as long as you get. I remember four years ago there was a story and the presenter was saying that…I think it was NPP’s money. One of the people was given $1 million and he ran away with it. And the presenter, after he said that, said: ‘Ei, akoa yi edidi’ – to wit: ‘The person has hit the jackpot’. So, there you are! No values. Just as long as you get the money it doesn’t matter and that is what is happening to us,” Dr Amoako Baah added.