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Corruption in Ghana Can Be Eradicated – Kenneth Abrusu

Corruption in Ghana Can Be Eradicated – Kenneth Abrusu

Kenneth Abrusu is an anti-corruption advocate using every available medium he gets to propagate his message on corruption. Speaking with the icreategh team, he has enumerated several factors and suggested solutions to the fight  corruption in Ghana. As a youth, he believes that it must take a strong and powerful front to educate the youths and to create the awareness of the opportunities they are missing because they are silent. He has the following to say;

“The question as to whether corruption can be reduced or eradicated in Ghana is an issue which like social science questions, has a spilt reasoning and a divided conclusion. If you are of the school of thought that corruption is second nature to mankind, then the answer is no. this is because you would then argue that corruption is a natural response to scarcity of resources, which is inevitable.”

“However, it is the belief of another school of thought that we are all products of our environment and as such, corruption can be curbed if the environmental factors including societal values consider corruption as a social evil which must be controlled or stopped.”

“Today many youth have learned from society that integrity is not ‘cool.’ In fact, more often than not, youth who stand for the truth and fairness are bullied mercilessly by their peers or those in authority. It is not uncommon to find such youth being labelled as ‘Holy Marys’ and ‘Snitches.’ This culture discourages youth from standing up for the right thing and these youths grow into adults believing that it is ‘uncool’ to go against the grain and fight corruption. The youth needs to be taught to do right because it’s the right thing to do, not because they will be rewarded for it.”

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“The government cannot be fully accountable if parliament continues to transact business on partisan lines. Also, Ghanaians especially the youth are disillusioned by the high levels of perceived judicial corruption in Ghana which made them reluctant to follow up on cases relating to corruption. In view of this, firmer structures need to be put in place with regards to the sanctioning perpetrators of corrupt practices. Naming and shaming should be practiced and penances should be carried out without bias or reservation. These measures will serve as deterrents to all parties involved in corruption.”

“It therefore goes without saying that education is very important. We need to create awareness on the pitfalls and long term effects of corruption on the nation’s wellbeing. We need to teach people (the youth) that corruption is not unavoidable, that corruption is the catalyst of poverty and that corruption does affect all of us in ways that we can never imagine.”

Mr. Abrusu again reiterated that when the youths rise up to say no to corruption, corruption in Ghana will be a thing of the past. He said “I believe that if we do, corruption will be stopped or reduced and the society will be a level playing field for all and sundry.”

Source: icreategh.com


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Casper works at Ghana Education Service as an ICT teacher. He graduated with a First Class Honor at University of Education, Winneba - Kumasi Campus now AAMUSTED. He is also a Certified Cisco Networking Engineer and passionate about students learning.

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