General News of Sunday, 16 March 2014
The Dean of the School of Business, University of Education, Winneba, Kumasi Campus, Dr. Joseph Mbawuni, has stated that it will be difficult to have a corruption-free society, as the canker has become a way of life.
“If all of us are involved in corruption, how can we eradicate it?” he asked at the 50th anniversary celebration of the Ghana Institute of Chartered Accountants in Kumasi under the topic, “Can corruption be eradicated from Ghana?: The professionals' perspective”.
He said accountants have a crucial role to play in tackling the canker because “they see more than the ordinary person”.'
According to him, accountants were privy to figures more than an ordinary person and indicated that if corruption were to be eradicated or minimised, a lot would depend on accountants.
He said corruption was everywhere, and it did not need research to prove it, stressing that “the nation must tackle it with all the resources it has to save the future generation of an endangered society”.
He said there was a need to strengthen the country's institutions, attack the menace with all the seriousness it deserved, as well as re-introduce civic education in schools.
Dr. Mbawuni called for the enforcement of the anti-corruption law to ensure that culprits were not allowed to enjoy their ill-gotten money after jail.
The Kumasi Amakomhene, Nana Adu Mensah, expressed regret that corruption had even found its way into the church, saying there was a need for a re-orientation and commitment to eradicate it.