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Regional News of Wednesday, 18 December 2013

Source: Graphic Online

Use Xmas to tackle corruption - Catholic Bishops

The Ghana Catholic Bishops Conference (GCBC) has urged Ghanaians to use the Christmas and New Year celebrations to seriously discuss corruption and how to stamp it out if the country is to enjoy peace.

“We cannot have peace in the country when we are engulfed by corruption,” it stated.

In a Christmas and New Year Message to Ghanaians, the President of the GCBC, Most Rev. Joseph Osei-Bonsu noted that a major obstacle to peace was corruption and expressed concern about how corruption was spreading like a canker in the country.

It, therefore, called on Ghanaians to use the Christmas and New Year festivities to help put an end to corruption.

It said corruption, no matter where it occurred, militated against national development and its practice would not bring peace to Ghanaians.

“We should, therefore, endeavour to put an end to it. If there is corruption, it is largely because people are not acting with integrity wherever they are. If we are all guided in our consciences by integrity and honesty, there will be no corruption or, at least, it will be reduced, and Ghana will be a better place than it is today,” it said.

Love of money

From religion, the market place, the media through chieftaincy to politics, it said corruption was found in different strata of the Ghanaian society.

It said the practice of religion was tainted with corruption when some of its practitioners saw it as a means of making money.

Shades of corruption

According to the bishops, corruption in the media occurred when media practioneers collect money from people to disseminate news that was untrue and had the potential of heightening tensions among Ghanaians.

It said political corruption occurred when government officials used power for illegitimate private gain.

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