Corruption: Politicians are the least of problems now – Ellen Daaku

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A member of the communications team of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), Ellen Ama Daaku has said attention should not be focused on just politicians when the issue of corruption comes up for discussion.

She asked stakeholders to keep their eyes on civil servants because the practice is prevalent among them.

Madam Daaku said politicians are the least of problems at the moment when it comes to corruption.

She was reacting to the 2021 report by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ, Ghana Statistical Service (GSS) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime which ranked the Police to be the foremost public institution perceived to be most corrupt.

The Programmes Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Mary Awelana Addah, also observed that hospitals and health centers, in general, have become places where bribes exchange hands in Ghana.

She said though the Ghana Police Service ranks high among institutions perceived most corrupt, the health sector is also becoming known for the canker.

Ms Addah made this known in an interview on TV3‘s News 360 on Wednesday, July 20.

“You realised that [with] health institutions, citizens said they engaged with health institutions even more and they pay more bribes there,” she pointed out to host Paa Kwesi Asare.

“So, it is not like they are saying that because citizens encounter the police on our roads, it is there they pay bribes.

“They encounter nurses, they encounter doctors, they encounter teachers, they encounter utility service providers, they encounter tax agents, they encounter people at the lands department and some of these bribes, if you quantify are even more than what the police [take] but yet still the police came up tops.”

Reacting to this on the New Day show with Berla Mundi on TV3 Thursday July 21, Madam Daaku, the defeated National Women Organiser for the NPP in their just-ended delegates conference, said “I think Politicians are the least of the problems now. All of us have our eyes on politicians so the least thing we all blow it up. I don’t think I will want to go and take bribe or give bribe for anybody to record me because I am a target for people who will want to find out what is happening.

“But we forget about the others, we forget about the civil servants. It is not a matter of the amount, I feel it is a matter of the opportunity. Politicians are taken out from our society and we are few at a time. It just gives us the picture of who we are and that is what I want us to concentrate.

“All of us have these tendencies and we have to look at it right from primary school or from our homes, we have to start looking at because that is where develop our children’s, that is where we are getting them to come up.

“With this report, I find it sad because it tells us that what everybody cares about is getting something into their pocket without doing the work, it is terrible.”

By Laud Nartey||Ghana

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