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Student leaders advised to exhibit good virtues while in office
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Student Leaders have been advised to shun corruption and exhibit good virtues while in office to save themselves from public embarrassment when they move ahead to take up public leadership positions.

 

 

Mr Kwesi Boateng Assumeng, Programmes Coordinator of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) gave the advice in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa on the sidelines of a student leaders’ forum dubbed “Empowering Student Leaders with the 3Rs of Corruption” to enable them boldly Resist, Reject and Report any acts of corruption.

 

The forum which was organised by the GACC with funding from the United States Embassy in Ghana at the Wa campus of the University for Development Studies (UDS) saw the 26 participants having a discussion on the need for student leaders to get involved in fighting corruption and to champion values that would aid their work as leaders today and in the future.

 

Mr. Assumeng said exhibiting good virtues at this level of leadership was very important for them to carry ahead to lead with integrity when they occupy public or private positions in the future, emphasising that a corrupt student leader was bound to be corrupt when entrusted with a public position.He said a careful look at most of the corruption cases that happened at the national level and the persons involved, it would not be surprising to find out that majority of such persons were ever student leaders.

 

“If the young ones that will take over the mantle of leadership in the future do not appreciate values such as integrity, transparency, accountability, selflessness and participation among others, then we really have a big problem in our hands”, he said.

 

Mr Assumeng noted that in the whole of the African continent, about 50 percent of monies gotten was lost to corruption, adding that if government wanted to build Ghana beyond aid, then it must begin to block all corruption loopholes to be able to succeed in that direction.He pointed out that not only public officials could be blamed for corruption in the country but also the citizens, noting that if citizens shun corruption and were prepared to report acts of corruption they see, corrupt public officials would run away from being corrupt.

 

The GACC Programmes Coordinator also blamed high illiteracy and ignorance which he said were making it easy for unscrupulous people to exploit their ignorance and encouraged people to seek information about things they wanted to do from others.On the reporting of corruption, Mr Assumeng said only few Ghanaians actually report corruption and urged people to take advantage of the corruption reporting channels such as the Advocacy and Legal Advice Centre (ALAC) to report corrupt persons for prosecution.While calling on government to adequately resource Anti-Corruption Agencies for them to be able to work to conscientise the Ghanaian citizenry against corruption, Mr Assumeng also called on the media to rise up to the occasion and hold public officials accountable.

 

As part of strategies to promote the fight against corruption, members of Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) and relevant partners have devoted the first week of December (4th to 9th) 2017 to consciously increase national awareness by sensitising the public on the cost of corruption as well as mobilise citizens to support the fight against corruption.

 

This is in line with the United Nations International Anti-Corruption Day (IACD) celebration marked 9th December every year.

 

Source: http://www.ghananewsagency.org/social/student-leaders-advised-to-exhibit-good-virtues-while-in-office-126225

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