It does seem from a distance that Ghanaians are really concerned about the alarming rate of corruption and other acts that retard the development of the country.
The corruption menace although, has been worrying, it has gotten to an increasingly disturbing proportion in the reign Nana Akufo Addo’s 5th administration of the 4th Republic. Corruption in the country, to state mildly, is uncontrollable and has become a free for all act, with perhaps, the none committal actors described with all manner of names.
The canker has become so entrenched and an acceptable Ghanaian norm that one is at risk of being rejected by one’s family, if it became obvious that an individual failed to take advantage of his official public position to amass wealth.
Purists like former Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu and former Auditor General, Emmanuel Domelovo, are being castigated by a section of the public for rising above corruption in the country.
What however, is not known is whether their families also accused them, as often has been the case, quietly for refusing to be a part of the looting brigade. Partakers of the evil corruption canker have chopped into Ghanaian coffers, to the extent that the our crunchy financial situation has reached bare bones.
The cancerous corrupt practice, is now uncontrollable and those involved will never bend; they appear incorrigible to the open thievery of the national treasury. The practice is spreading like a bush fire, and as a result of the deliberate plundering of public resources by some state officials, Ghanaians are faced with numerous challenges that otherwise, would have been taken care of with our naturally gifted resources.
It’s therefore not a surprise that in recent times the youth of the country have taken to social media to express their dissatisfaction about the way, the manner and the direction of the country; hence the clarion call #fixthecountry. It’s simply a call to fix the myriad of problems confronting the Ghanaian people.
There is no gainsaying the fact that Ghana is one of the best democracies on the African continent. Or so it seems, or so it’s being portrayed to the outside world? Whichever side of the isle one stands, there is some degree of unanimity that corruption is fully taking centre stage of the administration of the country, despite the plaudits we’ve gained in democratic governance.
The corruption tag seems to erode or negate the gains we have made as an emerging economy, classified as a middle-income country. In-fact, such gains are not reflected in the lives of the majority of Ghanaians.
Most people no longer have trust in their leaders; rather they have become suspicious of appeals from their leaders to sacrifice for a better future when they see them always living extravagant lifestyles at the expense of the poor who voted them into power.
People again wonder whether their leaders care about their very existence and if they do, such officials would not have left majority of Ghanaians to wallow in abject poverty. One wonders how and what the future holds for the future generation with the level of daylight thievery and plundering of our natural resources.
Indeed, one can say without any contradiction, that many Ghanaians have become despondent, and are therefore calling for a new orientation and a paradigm shift that will offer some hope and trust in the face of the hopeless situation we find themselves in as a country.
What officialdom needs to understand is that although democratic governance could be ascribed as the best in the midst of the rotten governance systems, the practice cannot provide all the solutions to all of our ills.
Yes, it is true that democracy, has to some extent promoted the rule of law, encouraged a free media and respect for minority rights, these alone are not enough in a country that pride herself as the gateway to West Africa.
It’s sad that the ruling class has abused the confidence reposed in them. This ruling class use the people as guinea-pigs in the pursuit of their larger political interest. That is, the people become relevant to the ruling class, only during elections.
By law, the President is required to account to parliamentarians every year; Parliament holds the purse strings of the government and has oversight responsibility for state institutions; while the Judiciary acts as a bulwark against state dictatorship, with the media holding all the institutions accountable to the people of Ghana.
Each year, the Auditor-General comes out with frustrating tales of misappropriation and misuse of public funds; yet nothing happens beyond the public show by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament.
As if that is not enough, in recent times the canker of corruption has affected all state institutions, as taxes meant for the development of the country are siphoned for personal gains.
The future of our country looks really bleak; and the concluding deductions are two- fold: The corruption canker and act of indiscipline. Until we deal with these two destructive tendencies, the struggle to build a better Ghana will be a mirage.
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