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Let’s change their mindset and attitude to end corruption

botchway September 9, 2019

 

The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, says Ghanaians have a role to play in ending corruption in the country.

He says despite the fine laws in Ghana, it will take a change of attitudes and mindset to end corruption, which is eroding confidence in governance and potentially endangering the lives of the youth.

The pronouncement by the Senior Minister follows a series of alleged corrupt acts on the part public officers we have put our trust in to manage the resources of the country to ensure future generations would enjoy life.

However, it appears to The Chronicle that some public officials have vowed to loot the nation no matter what happens to them, whether in life or after they are dead and gone.

We are grief-stricken at the spate at which state, and sometimes private officials, would shamelessly engage in corrupt deeds and still gather the courage to admonish the rest of us to be patriotic enough to develop the nation.

The Chronicle would like to stress that our current state of development is a reflection of our values, mindset, priorities, and work ethics as a people, and just as the Senior Minister has said, we need a mindset change to achieve the Ghana Beyond Aid.

We would like to sound a reminder that the careless use of resources is one other way through which Ghanaians promote corruption, and for that matter, there is the urgent for us, as a people, to be mindful of our actions, whether in private or public positions.

It is an undeniable fact that corruption takes a big toll on our resources, because it runs through the system and we have to fight and fight it from all angles in society.

The Chronicle recalls that successive governments have struggled to win the fight against corruption, which is estimated to cost the nation millions of cedis annually.

Several measures have been put in place to deter public officers from cheating the nation, but, day in day out, we keep recording heartbreaking cases of corruption.

It is now clear that not much is being achieved in the fight against corruption, which brings us to the subject of changing our attitudes and mindset.

The Chronicle is worried that most public officers take up appointments with one mindset – to make money at all costs, regardless of the consequences on the well being of the country.

That mindset must change if we are, indeed, going to minimise or eradicate corruption.

The Chronicle has been following arguments by some political leaders who occasionally complain about the increasing rate of corruption in the country, with some blaming the President and his appointees for the upsurge.

An anti-corruption crusader and former Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Vitus Azeem, has, for instance, accused President Akufo-Addo of failing miserably at tackling the deep-rooted vice that is crippling the country.

To us, at The Chronicle, the assertion by Azeem is not far from the reality, but the President alone cannot be held responsible for the mess being perpetrated by people we all trusted to uphold the integrity that accompanies their high offices.

We believe that Ghanaians must accept that we are becoming too corrupt and take steps to re-align our actions, which would eventually inure to the benefit of the state, rather than ourselves.

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