The previous Speaker of Parliament, Professor Aaron Mike Oquaye, has make clear the risks of the politics of ‘moneycracy’ and its detrimental impression on Ghana’s democracy and pervasive corruption.
Delivering a lecture through the 2nd R. S. Blay Memorial lectures, below the theme “Consolidating Democracy and the Rule of Legislation in Up to date Ghana: If Justice R.S. Blay had been with us utilizing the Legislation as An Instrument of Social, political and financial engineering,” Prof. Oquaye expressed his issues concerning the present state of politics in Ghana.
Prof. Oquaye highlighted the shift from a time when politics concerned people contributing their assets to assist the nation, to a disturbing pattern the place private achieve and acquisition dominate the political panorama.
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“What occurred to us is that as we speak, politics has change into a Moneycracy. Now it’s no extra a matter of me serving to with my assets, however reasonably, what is going to I am going in and seize, for which matter the whole lot they do as we speak turns into like an funding.
“It is extremely harmful and we’ve to suppose it by in order that politics doesn’t change into the protect of people that purchase themselves into it and solely to purchase themselves out by creating wealth on the expense of the nation. Everyone knows that, related to that moneycratic tendency comes the outlet of corruption in our society which has change into an increasing number of endemic”, he warned.
He suggested the youth to be taught from one of the best examples of the previous in addressing their issues of as we speak.
“I would really like the younger individuals to be proud to be Ghanaians and to repeat one of the best practices of this nice nation of ours and never a few of the impolite strategies of latest occasions. A while in the past, the British determined to nationalise all lands, thus merely saying that each land which they described as wasteland belonged to the British crown. Nevertheless within the then Gold Coast, some good chiefs simply noticed this as untenable however they didn’t take cutlasses nor resorted to arms.
“They bought Mensah Sabah, a Ghanaian Lawyer, who took the matter to court docket, that in Ghana there’s nothing like a wasteland and that our lands both belong to the society, chief, a household or a person even when it isn’t getting used at any explicit time. They fought and gained their case and the British saved off our lands. This exhibits that even the illiterate chiefs had been very clever and educated. That’s the type of individuals we must be as younger individuals“, he suggested.
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The Vice-Chancellor of Takoradi Technical College (TTU), Rev. Prof. John Frank Eshun, who chaired the 2nd Justice R. S. Blay lecture, expressed his appreciation for the collaboration between the college and the R.S. Blay lectures.
He stated TTU is dedicated to conducting related technological analysis in collaboration with society, underscoring the alignment between the college’s imaginative and prescient and the targets of the R.S. Blay lectures.
Dr. Mokuwa Blay Adu-Gyamfi, one of many daughters of Justice R.S. Blay, expressed gratitude on behalf of the Blay household for the honour bestowed upon her father by the continuation of the R. S. Blay lecture sequence.
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The occasion additionally featured a fascinating enactment by the TTU drama group, highlighting the crucial position of efficient legislation enforcement in curbing unlawful gold mining actions that pose a major menace to Ghana’s water and forest assets.