According to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the battle against corruption in Africa must be supported by legislative, financial, and institutional efforts rather than just platitudes.
According to him, corruption affects all countries in the world and is not just an African problem.
However, the President pointed out that countries who had been successful in battling the canker did so by establishing a strong legal system that was supported by the rule of law.
“They protected the public purse, made institutional reforms and enacted additional requisite laws and resource more adequately the accountability organs of state and in Ghana, that is the anti-corruption law that we are pursuing since I took office,” according to President Akufo-Addo.
He was giving a speech yesterday in Accra at the start of the Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International’s (FGBMFI) 70th World Convention.
Over 2,000 attendees from all over the world came together for the event, which had the theme “Empowered for Service.”
After Nigeria, this will be the second time the three-day event has been held on the continent.
The event started out with fervent worship and jubilant adoration, filled with song offerings from the Tema Youth Choir.
A group from the International Central Central Gospel Church also performed a drama dance for the audience as part of their choreographed show.
A former Chief Justice, Georgina Theodora Wood, the Chief of Defence Staff, Rear Admiral Seth Amoama, the Chairperson of the Electoral Commission, Jean Adukwei Mensa, as well as government officials, clergymen, some Supreme Court justices, and members of the Diplomatic Corps were also in attendance at the conference.
Conventions are significant, according to President Akufo-Addo, who noted that they allow “Christians to recharge their spiritual batteries” and foster interfaith encouragement.
However, he asserted that it was preferable for Christians’ spiritual transformation at conventions to be mirrored in their interactions with their societies, where they spent the majority of their active lives on a daily basis.
“The authentic showroom for Christianity is not the church or conventions such as these but in the marketplace. We tend to point fingers and grumble about corruption in our respective countries. More often than not, we choose the easy road of laying the blame entirely at the doorsteps of politicians” he said.
The President said that stifling progress and impeding growth was not limited to corruption involving politicians and well-known individuals.
In addition, according to President Akufo-Addo, reckless driving, breaching traffic laws, and attempting to bribe a police officer when stopped are all examples of corruption.