General News of Monday, 21 December 2015
A former presidential advisor has said Ghana is so steeped in corruption to the extent that the country is being used as a case study for graft at the University of Pennsylvania.
The Okaikoi South parliamentary aspirant of Ghana’s biggest opposition party, told Ekow Mensah-Shalders on the Executive Breakfast Show on Monday December 21 that: “I recently learnt that in one of the Ivy league universities in the US, a top Ivy league University [University of Pennsylvania], there’s a class on corruption and case studies and Ghana is being used as one of the case studies and actually, an individual in Ghana is being studied as a special case study within a case study. That is a total disgrace to our nation. I mean Ghana is known for a lot of good things… not being in the premier league division of corruption.”
She said though corruption cannot be reduced to zero, it could be controlled to a certain extent if leadership showed commitment and political will to do so.
As far as she is concerned, corruption has now become a “headache, it is like a canker in our system”.
A recent report by Transparency International on the Global Corruption Barometer revealed that Ghana performed badly as far as fighting corruption is concerned.
Ghana (76%) was sandwiched between South Africa (83%) and Nigeria (75%).
The three best performing countries include: Burkina Faso (28%), Mali (31%) and Cote D’Ivoire (32%).