Corruption becoming like HIV in Africa – lecturer

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A Political Science lecturer at the University of Ghana, Dr. Evans
Aggrey Darko, has likened increasing corruption on the African continent
to HIV prevelance.

Speaking on Adom FM/Asempa FM’s ‘Burning Issues’ program he said
corruption has become the order of the day because people who are found
guilty are left without any sanctions.

He said until governments in Africa begin to deal efficiently with
corruption — starting from their own administration — the continent
would continue to encounter economic challenges.

He specifically advocated a strong and independent institution that
would not only monitor the conduct of public officials but also
investigate and prosecute suspected state officials found to be engaged
in corrupt acts.

Recently former President Jerry John Rawlings raised issues with
President Mahama’s commitment to fighting corruption, and urged him to
do more.

According to President Rawlings, although he has made the call many
times, not much has been done to rescue the image of the National
Democratic Congress (NDC) party and government, which he said was
“suffering under a cloud and climate of corruption”.

Dr. Aggrey said the call by the former President is in the right
direction adding that the key to turning the economic fortunes of Ghana
around is for the government to deal with corruption among its

He observed that institutions tasked with the objective to monitor
the operations of the government officials must be properly resourced
and also given autonomy to work.

He said even though former President Rawlings may have been cited
with corruption during his regime that does not stop him from commenting
if the things are not working out the way they should as a country.

“Addressing corruption in Ghana, agencies such as the media, civil
societies and policy think tanks need to do institutional analysis and
work as a team” he added.

He said if corruption is not tackled holistically in the country, it
will get to a time when children will pull guns and knives on government

[Credit: Adomonline]

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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