Corruption in Ghana to be acculturated if Christians fail to act

The spate of corruption in Ghana could soon become a culture if Ghanaians, especially Christians, fail to take the lead in uprooting corrupt acts from all facets of society.

This is the concern of a former President of the Ghana Baptist Convention, Rev. Dr. Kojo Osei-Wusuh, who says corrupt practices have gained root because of a general disposition for “dishonest gains”.

He is particularly unhappy with teachers who tend to make money out of poor students through the sale of handouts.

“The teaching profession is not to make money; if you want to make money get out into the business world,” he charged. “Today in Ghana, a lecturer who has taught students and at the end ultimately must test the students to find out whether what he taught them they know, then he reveals the question to them; what kind of life is this?”

Rev. Dr. Osei-Wusuh, who is President of the Ghana Baptist University College and a Board Member of the Ghana Integrity Initiative, also bemoaned the abuse of protocol admissions into schools.

“Now it doesn’t matter what the merits of admissions are; the chief has a whole list, the regional minister has a whole list, the MP has a whole list, and they call it protocol and we all are condoning it,” he told a congregation at the Grace Baptist Church in Kumasi.

He has charged Christians to openly and aggressively stand up against “deep seated” corruption, even to the point of death.

“We need to go out in the streets and challenge people, we need to challenge people in our offices against corruption, we need to expose people. In this country if we don’t begin doing this, we all will die and our children who are following us will think that corruption is our culture,” Rev. Osei-Wusuh warned.

Dr. Osei-Wusu says Christians must willingly lead the crusade against corruption.

“How many of us here, even though we say we are Christians, are able to stand up against corrupt acts, even if we’re not joining it?” he quizzed. “It’s not a matter of you being compelled, it’s a matter of willingly doing what the master wants you to do”.

He spoke on the sermon title: “Crowns as Heavenly Rewards”.

Story by Kofi Adu Domfeh

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