News about famous investigative journalist Ana Aremeyaw Anas’ expose of the rot in Ghana’s judicial system has been making rounds for over a month now.
Amid the ongoing investigations, views have been rife including claims that Anas’ ‘Modus Operandi’ was wrong, lawyers trying to blur the impact of the scandal per Cameron Duodu’s article ‘Obfuscation by lawyers is confusing the public over judicial corruption’ on ghanaweb http://www.ghanaweb.com/GhanaHomePage/features/Obfuscation-by-lawyers-is-confusing-the-public-over-judicial-corruption-387458 , while others press for shielding indicted judges in order to protect the sanctity of the judicial system and so on.
But one thing remains a fact; Anas’ expose of the corrupt judges is just the tip of the iceberg as corruption has eaten in the minutest fabric of the Ghanaian society right from the grey-haired to the suckling baby. This has reached such an extent that, the nation must wake up to address this vice NOW or suffer major scandals in years to come.
Though the judges issue is a very sad one indeed, can we also debate on the fact that whoever bribed is equally culpable for contributing to this rot?
System failure has been cited as a major contributor to this canker, and that is a glaring fact indeed. And a typical example is what Kofi P. Baidoo jnr highlighted in his article ‘How idiots can fix our Ghana- A Korle-Bu case’ in http://myjoyonline.com/opinion/2015/March-24th/how-idiots-can-fix-our-ghana-a-korle-bu-case.php . Kofi Baidoo in his article paints a perfect picture of how hospital staff who are paid to render a service carry out their duties as though they are doing one a favour. For Kofi, he turned into an absolute idiot to the staff when he demanded a common receipt for the drugs purchased from one of the pharmacies.
“In fact, the medical staff on duty threatened to take back the drugs and return my money…” This is a common ’sickness’ that has affected our educational institutions, banks, transport operators etc. There was another incident, when an honourable man left his gift of beans on an intercity bus and was rubbished when he called the bus’ help line to seek his bean.
Well, beans may be nothing but, if it had been some other valuable item, he would still go through frustrating procedures to get it back. Which is unfair and the list of such occurrences is endless.
Beside these examples, I was shaken the most, when a boy of about 13 years targeted me to extort money with his touching fabricated story. I looked him and said, “my dear, let me take you home to confront your guardian who has left you alone at this time of the evening to locate your mother at the other side of Accra without transportation”. And before I could say Jack, the child had vanished into thin air.
Now, it has become very difficult to trust people even children who are deemed to be innocent and vulnerable. And the custodians of the law who will safeguard the system have fallen prey to the rot. So who is left to fix this?
What is even more baffling is the fact that little children have gotten on board in this CORRUPTION train. That is why this generation is in crisis. If government does not device stringent measures to revive our systems and ensure that our law enforcement institutions arrest and punish defaulters, the trend will get worse. Parents who are the first mentor of their children must see this as a matter of urgency and make the conscious effort to train young ones to uphold virtues of honesty, hard work and respect for authority etc.
Opinion leaders, sheiks, pastors, parents , teachers etc must also rise to the occasion to devise strategies, counseling packages to re-orient children as a starting point to rescue future generation before they are devoured by the ravaging beast CORRUPTION; And the time to act is now!