The acting President of the Ghana Baptist University College (GBUC) in Kumasi, Rev. Dr Kwadwo Osei-Wusu, has stated that corruption in the country should not be traced to the doorsteps of only politicians.
He noted with concern that in this country when the word “corruption” was mentioned, all eyes turned to politicians.
“But I believe if we are to be fair, the police, judiciary, traditional rulers and everybody is guilty in that respect,” he said.
Speaking at the launch of the university’s second Students Representative Council (SRC) week celebration at the city campus in Asem, Kumasi, last Friday, Rev. Dr Osei-Wusu said the time had come for students who are the future leaders of the nation to adopt attitudes that would help change the situation for the better.
“The future of this nation is in your hands and you dare not fail,” he stressed.
The week-long celebration is on the theme, “Addressing the menace of corruption in society through moral excellence: The role of the academia”.
Rev. Dr Osei-Wusu pointed out that “the Ghanaian society has become rotten,” and hence needed trustworthy and morally upright people to assume leadership roles in the various sectors to redeem the nation from further damages.
He commended the SRC for choosing such a theme and said “This shows that the SRC is much concerned about what is going on in Ghana”.
He revealed that he had conceived an idea of establishing an ‘Integrity Club’ in the university to consist of students who are opposed to corruption and called on them to consent to the idea.
The Chief Executive Officer of Unity Group of Companies, Dr Kwame Kyei in a statement read on his behalf proposed what he called ‘Transparency-enhancing legislation’ in curbing corruption in the country.
He said the country required bold and vibrant anti-corruption initiatives in all sectors of the society.
Dr Kyei also called for leadership that was clean, that led by example and that had the will and commitment to condemn, investigate and sanction its own officials.
“We need a leadership that has the integrity to resign in the face of embarrassment and disgrace if we hope to succeed in the fight against corruption.” he maintained.
The acting Dean of the Theology branch of the college, Rev. Dr Kofi Owusu Ansah, who was the guest speaker, could not agree more with other speakers on the depth of corruption in the moral fibre of society.
He expressed concern that the situation was gradually being accepted as a normal phenomenon in the country.
Attributing the high spate of corruption in Africa to what he described as the ‘world view crises’, Rev. Dr Owusu Ansah indicated that many people thought of leadership as an opportunity to amass wealth and not to serve the people, hence, wrong leadership in Africa had been one of the main causes of corruption.
The SRC President of the university, Mrs Grace Acheampong, saw a bleak future for the nation if nothing was done to curb corruption.
She also advised students to stay away from politicians who would give them money to keep their mouths shut in the wake of poor educational and social issues.
Mrs Acheampong expressed regret that the current leadership of National Union of Ghana Students (NUGS) could not come to an amicable settlement of issues leading to “two warring presidents” for the union, saying “this is an embarrassment and should not have happened.”
Source: Daily Graphic/ Ghana