The Executive Director of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumahsays the fight against corruption in Ghana will not end anytime soon if citizens do not speak up publicly against it.
She said corruption in Ghana permeates almost every aspect of the Ghanaian society and it will only take bold citizens to fight it.
Speaking at the second edition of the Ghana Action Series, under the theme, “Responsible Citizenship and Accountable Leadership,” Josephine Nkrumah, said failing to speak up against corruption allows the practice that robs the country of its scarce resources.
“Corruption benefits only the individual taking it and adds up to robbing Ghana of about GH¢ 3 billion annually. Money that can wean us off donor dependency; the dream and essence of our Ghana beyond aid. When we as citizen leaders fail to speak against the conduct of the policeman and the trotro driver, we have condoned corruption,” she said.
“If we as citizens lead by condemning or reporting any act of corruption, it emboldens a new anti-corruption movement, but sadly, we have collectively failed to minimize corruption. Corruption, as we know, festers poverty, it breaks down social justice and cripples the essence of democratic governance,” she noted.
She added that Ghana faces a bleak future as far as corruption is concerned if conscious efforts are not made to instill into the youth values that abhor corruption.
Cataloging some violent and disruptive actions across all sectors of the society, Josephine Nkrumah said the system at the moment is designed to fail the youth, a situation she said must be adequately checked.