Strong front needed to eliminate corruption – Prof. Adei

Robert Anane, GNA

Accra, Aug. 9, GNA – Professor Stephen Adei, a
former Rector of the Ghana Institute of Public Administration (GIMPA), says the
fierce battle against illegal mining, is the kind needed to effectively fight
corruption in the country.

He said this was because, “we often have an
unprecedented bunch of greedy people in politics, who must be confronted.”

Prof. Adei said this on Tuesday, at the
opening of a two-day Photo Exhibition by the Graphic Communications Group
Limited (GCGL).

He said as a political party, “you win an
election with the view to transform the country, not to plunder whilst the
losing party also awaits its turn to do the same.”

Prof. Adei said civil society played a huge
role in the fight against corruption, as well as the quest for good leadership,
adding that through technological advancement such as social media, it was
possible to be much more effective in the effort.

He urged political leaders to ensure, that
they were always in touch with the genuine concerns of the people, saying
“emotional intelligence is important. If you lose touch emotionally with your
people, your political life is cut short”.

The former GIMPA rector said the time had come
to build leaders, who could resist the temptation to use public office for
personal gain, “men and women of integrity.”

He said in the present age, the role of
traditional leaders needed to be largely tuned towards the goals of the state.

Prof. Adei said the country’s traditional
leaders were much more important than recognized, and could be a great tool in
turning around the fortunes of the country.

He said political leadership, however, had the
greatest responsibility towards ensuring socio-economic progress, adding that
both the government and opposition had the responsibility of ensuring that the
country was properly steered towards its goals and aims.

Dubbed, “60 Years of Independence through The
Lens of Graphic,” the exhibition, seeks to recall outstanding events in the
country over the last 60 years, in pictures.

With a strong representation of notable
political events, the key aim of the fair is to strengthen and re-awaken
patriotism amongst the citizenry.