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Why Corruption is Holding Ghana Back: Insights from Professor Stephen Adei

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Professor Stephen Adei, a former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA) and Board Chair of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), has given his thoughts on Ghana’s leadership crisis.

Speaking on the Ghana Tonight show on TV3, he made a bold statement: “The average Ghanaian is corrupt”. This may seem harsh, but Professor Adei believes that corruption is the root of the problem, resulting in the kind of leaders Ghana has been experiencing over the years.

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According to Professor Adei, politicians have realized the corrupt nature of the average Ghanaian and are manipulating the system to their advantage. He also touched on the process of electing leadership, stating that it has been largely influenced by money and propaganda, with deceit playing a role too.

But how did Ghana get to this point? Initially, people were willing to give individuals a chance based on their capabilities, but over time, the politicians have let the people down so much that they have lost faith in the system. This has resulted in Ghanaians wanting to get their best upfront.

Professor Adei believes that the leaders Ghana have are a product of the corrupt nature of the average Ghanaian. However, he also thinks that it is a symbiotic relationship, with leaders creating the people as much as the people create the leaders. True leadership, according to him, is a paradigm shift and has the capability of changing the scenario and leading the people out of their status quo.

The blame for Ghana’s leadership crisis falls on the quality of the people that Ghana gets. Corruption is holding Ghana back, and until Ghanaians address this issue, the country will continue to struggle. It is up to Ghanaians to take a hard look at themselves and make the necessary changes to ensure that corruption is eradicated from every level of society.

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