Published on 2019-10-03

As part of government’s agenda to curb corruption in the country, the National Commission for Civic Education, on Tuesday, 24th September, 2019, organized a symposium for students in Cape Coast Technical University.  The Chairman, Dr. Kenneth Aikins from the Department of Peace; at the University of Cape Coast, addressed the students on the topic “Legal Regime on End time Corruption in the Life of Tertiary Students’’.

The Regional Director of CHRAJ and the Chairman during the occasion, educated the students on what corruption is, some causes of corruption, its effects on the nation and how it could be prevented. Dr. Aikins outlined change in social value; (greed, dishonesty, indiscipline, disregard for fellow man, disrespect), gerontocracy, poverty, peer influence, neopatrimonialism, lack of effective sanctions, increasing layers of bureaucracy and political culture as some causes of corruption in the nation.

According to Dr. Akins, these causes bring about economic, political, social, and environmental effects. Economically, the country’s financial state suffers since most people in the helms of affairs inflate figures to satisfy their own needs instead of putting the economy of the nation first. He was also of the view that due to corruption, basic social needs of people such as access to education, portable drinking water, roads and health care projects are being manipulated by political leaders, hence, the poor suffers.

In his closing remarks, he indicated that these causes and effects can be prevented when government, leaders, and individual citizens allow the Rule of Law to work, to ensure proper accountability. In ensuring accountability, people must be answerable to task they are assigned to, laws that have been made must be enforced to ensure justice for all.

Source: Public Relations Unit