UG wins anti-corruption and transparency debate

Julius K. Satsi, GNA

Accra, Dec. 07, GNA – The University of Ghana
has won an Inter-tertiary School debate on national anti-corruption and
transparency campaign held among four universities.

The Central University emerged as the first
runner-up in the debate, which formed part of the national anti-corruption and
transparency week, while the Islamic University and the Accra Technical
University, tied up as second runner-ups.

It was organised by the Institute of Economic
Affairs (IEA) and the United States Embassy in Ghana on the theme: “Empowering
the Youth in the Fight Against Corruption”.

The debate was on the motion: “Which of these
will you prioritise and why: A Special Prosecutor or Right to Information Law,”
and was ostensibly an opportunity to the youth to contribute towards the
anti-corruption campaign.

The four Tertiary Institutions advanced their
claims and supported their stance with the aim of convincing the judges to
align with them, through eloquence and exhibition of research carried out by
the speakers.

Mr Gerald Arhin, the principal speaker for UG
spoke in favour of the Right to Information Law and among other points claimed
that the bill, when passed into law would empower the entire citizenry to make
their piecemeal contribution in the fight against corruption.

He said he was passionate about the fight,
because if the country was entirely corrupt it would undermine development and
impoverish the people.

“It is against this background that I had to
spend a lot of time to research on the topic and contribute to curb corruption.

“We are writing examinations, but curbing
corruption is a priority to me because as a Political Science student, if I
become a politician and corruption damages the system, it will not augur well
for me,” Mr Arhin added.

Professor John Asafu-Adjaye, a Senior Research
Fellow with the IEA noted that the full scale of corruption was not known
saying, the figures parading could be an underestimation of the reality on the

He said there was the need to rally the youth
towards the fight against corruption in Ghana and Africa at large adding that
the rate of corruption, if not curbed could reduce economic status of the

He said, research by the Transparency
International on Ghana noted that the level of corruption from 2012 to 2016 had
worsened in the country and said perception of corruption and actual corruption
acts had increased because of investigations carried out by Journalists such
as; Anas Aremeyaw Anas and Manasseh Azure Awuni among others.

Prof. Asafu-Adjaye said corruption had heinous
socio-economic implication on the economy as investors would not trust the
system to invest in the economy.

He was however optimistic that the debate had
achieved its aim of reaching the youth in their numbers, making them understand
and appreciate the roles they could play towards curbing the canker of
corruption in the economy.

He added that IEA believed that the message of
anti-corruption that was shared among the youth at the occasion would trickle
down to the participants and peers and urged the youth to take interest in the
fight against corruption by reading about the Special Prosecutor and the Right
to Information bills to keep them informed and transfer the knowledge