Yesterday , December 9, 2019, marked the International Anti-Corruption Day which was passed by the United Nations Convention Against Corruption to raise public awareness for anti-corruption.
To find out from Ghanaians, if the fight against corruption in Ghana by both previous governments and the current government has been worth it, Ghanaweb took to the streets to interview them.
Speaking on ‘Trending GH’, some Ghanaians expressed their thoughts about how corruption reigned in the country during Ex-president Mahama’s administration and how the situation is under the current Akufo-Addo’s government.
“The fight against corruption in this country has never been easy but comparing Akufo-Addo’s administration to Mahama, I would say Mahama is more corrupt than Akufo-Addo. With Mahama’s government, one could easily pin point corruption because it was so glaring in our eyes and sometimes we could even feel it. A typical example was the money paid to Woyome but with Akufo-Addo we are not experiencing such stuffs,” one interviewee told Ghanaweb.
“I’ve been selling in the streets for years and you can imagine the number of conversations I strike in a day, many complained bitterly about corruption under Ex-president Mahama’s administration and I’m one of them, I knew people who were been paid without stepping a foot in their workplaces just because they were party members talk less of the ghost names but under Akufo-Addo’s government you can tell he is really fighting corruption,’ A trader noted.
Meanwhile, others believe that our leaders have failed in the fight against corruption. To buttress their claim they explained that both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) are focused on looting and sharing the country’s resources among themselves other than championing the fight against corruption.
United Nation’s take on corruption
United Nation defines corruption as a complex social, political and economic phenomenon that affects all countries. According to UN Corruption undermines democratic institutions, slows economic development and contributes to governmental instability.
“Corruption attacks the foundation of democratic institutions by distorting electoral processes, perverting the rule of law and creating bureaucratic quagmires whose only reason for existing is the soliciting of bribes.”
“Economic development is stunted because foreign direct investment is discouraged and small businesses within the country often find it impossible to overcome the “start-up costs” required because of corruption,” UN observed.
Below is the video of Ghanaians expressing their thoughts