As part of the Anti-corruption week 2018 celebration, the Institute of Economic Affairs Ghana (IEA) organized a seminar for a documentary screening on the topic ‘A CORRUPTION-FREE GHANA: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE YOUTH’. The program brought on board three panelists who were Dr. Mrs. Ayete-Nyampong, Director of Research (CHRAJ), Manasseh Azure an investigative Journalist (JoyFm) and Daniel Dadzie a broadcast Journalist (JoyFm), and students from the Ghana Institute of Journalism (GIJ), Central University, and University of Professional Studies Accra (UPSA).
The program started with a documentary screening after a brief remarks by Dr. Mrs. Ayete-Nyampong the chairperson, on how corruption has become a National canker that we must all join to fight. The documentary screening was categorized into four sessions.
The first session captured the challenges of modern democracy. Thus, how officials of state took advantage of modern democracy to enrich themselves at the expense of the ordinary citizen of the state.
The second category of the documentary also highlighted on cases of corruption in the educational system of Ghana. The video discussed how the various heads, principals and registrars of schools take bribe before admitting students. The West African Examination Council (WAEC) was not left untouched with regards to leakage of exams questions.
The third category of the documentary further defined the life cycle of the ordinary Ghanaian in his everyday life. People are compelled to pay in the form of bribe to pave way for them in whatever endeavor they wish to undertake due to the bureaucratic nature of the system.
The last category of the Documentary described how the local grassroots are combating injustice as a result of bribery and corruption.
Daniel Dadzie, a panelist and also the moderator of the program, charged the gathering particularly the students of GIJ to emulate the steps of Manasseh Azure in the fight against corruption. He cited an instance of how Manasseh undertook bold steps to investigate issues of corruption which included SADA to save the country a huge sums of money.
Manasseh Azure gave the closing remarks, where he re-emphasized the fact that, corruption has become a National canker and hence the need to fight it. He charged the gathering to develop a self-disciplinary approach in the fight against corruption.