Ghana has for a long time been governed by a mythical, and apparently a perpetual status quo of misgovernance that has sunk and engulfed us deeply in corruption.
If anyone in Ghana can boast of relying on an orderly performance and timely working and delivery of any government institution or department, I bet the unseen powers of the universe that such a person is either a god, or a politically or financially powerful enough to meet the corrupt demands of the workers of that institution.
Corruption, in association with lawlessness in Ghana have become such household words that almost every Ghanaian is used to these to an extent that Ghanaians seem not to feel the negative impact of this seemingly mythical and noxious “disease” on our socio-economic and political development that is plaguing a country to which we make reference as our home and motherland/fatherland.
No head of public, private, or political institution seems to be ready and prepared to be a pace-setter in making the least attempt to start battling with this morally degrading yet an easily conquerable social disease that is apparently assuming a national character, so Ghanaians have come to abjectly yield to the rule and manipulation of corruption over us.
The enforcement of laws, rules and regulations in Ghana by the powers that be, have made it so difficult to make any fight against corruption an almost impossible task, because they have been skewed to favour the nocent party, by rather making the victims of corruption become further victimised by the various agencies.
Equally and overtly corrupt are Ghana police and the judiciary to an alarmingly worrying degree.
The Ghana police MTTU openly exploit motorists by taking unspecified sums of money from them, some of them are for no offence committed, whiles for others even if they do not produce their drivers licence, are not offered an option to produce the document, but immediately levy a spot fine that is never accounted for.
A case in point is the Madina Police MTTU officers at the Zongo junction,they hide behind these street boys extorting Gh₵ 2 each from these poor trotro drivers after loading their cars.Drivers who refuses to pay are delayed by these officers for reasons best to them.
Indeed, it is sad to note that the police attack and exploit the weak and seemingly have-nots in society.
Lawlessness is on the increase as motorcycle riders who flout motor-traffic rules and regulations by causing road havoc and accidents claim it is their human rights to behave the way they conduct themselves on our cities and urban carriageways, and to the acquiescence of the police authorities at the national headquarters.
Ministers and parliamentarians are overloaded with Board membership positions, so Ministers are seldom seen sitting behind their desks to be able to perform their ministerial duties satisfactorily and even visiting their constituencies as well-a sour to taste !
Aristotle, in his treatise on politics, asserts that “a job well begun is already half done”
Let us Ghanaians be honest and truthful to ourselves that we have never as a country and citizens of Ghana, actively made any participatory robust attempt at combating against corruption.
If Kenya is actively making inroads into attacking and eradicating corruption in their country, and are placed en-route to developing from the doldrums of a poor country into advanced country, if Rwanda has been able to develop after almost a decade of tribal war, if Rwanda that has not an infinitesimal fraction of our nature endowed mineral resources can make it after-all, why can’t we?
~Bill Boampong DARLINGTON.