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A Political Science Lecturer at the University of Ghana, Legon, Professor Gyampo, has posited that political elites in the country deliberately schemed to break the ranks of the student force at the onset of the Fourth Republic with the aim of weakening their front in the fight against corruption and bad leadership.
According to the learned Professor, the student leadership of today lacks what it takes for their predecessors to stand up to authority to demand accountability for the stewardship of the political elites of their time on behalf of the rest of the society which earned them the accolade the “conscience of the nation”.
Professor Gyampo, held the view that the reason why corruption is on the ascendency in the country is that the student body has failed to live up to their expectation as the force for the politician to reckon with as the conscience of the nation as used to exist in the days of old. He observed that the student body has allowed its front to be broken and its leadership has been infiltrated by politicians.
He was speaking at the 4th Discussion of Good Corporate Governance Initiative organized by the KRIF Ghana Foundation under theme: “The Role of the Youth in Combating Corruption”, held at the auditorium of the University of Ghana Law Faculty.
According to the Political Science Lecturer, the political elites in the country deliberately plotted to break the fronts of the youth upon the inception of the Fourth Republic and this he says, has led to the politicization of corruption in the country.
“The beginning of the end of the student force was the introduction of chapters of political parties on the various campuses of our universities. That was deliberately done by the political elites to break the fronts of the student leadership. That formidable force that stood against the misrule of the politician on behalf of the less privileged in the society was dowsed with that singular act.” He observed.
He further established that the successful extension of the arms of political parties unto the campuses led to the politicization of every issue including important national issues along the party political lines according to the affiliation of students with respect to party positions. Hence the political elites succeeded in deploying the divide and rule tactic to divide and rule and manipulate the student force to satisfy their own agenda by knocking their heads together and setting them against each other.
Professor Gyampo has therefore urged the leadership and student community in the country to galvanize themselves into one constituency, speaking with one voice in support of the fight against corruption and bad leadership in the society as their forbearers did in some very critical moments in Ghana’s history towards independence and the establishment of democracy.
“The Role of the youth lies in them coming together as one constituency to fight corruption. Refuse to allow your ranks from being infiltrated by politicians and make the youth and student front strong again as one united constituency against bad leadership and corruption.” He added.
The Discussion on Good Corporate Governance Initiative is a sensitization programme being championed by the KRIF Foundation to ensure good corporate governance practices are adopted by the society and to instigate beneficial behavioral changes in the society.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of the KRIEF Foundation, Michael Ohene-Effah, the 4th edition of the programme has targeted the youth and the student population because it is in their place and in their interest to determine what the future of the country becomes.
Source: Clement Akoloh || afriwakeradio.com