After Condemning Political Party Thugs
The Chairperson of the National Commission for Civic Education (NCCE), Josephine Nkrumah, has revealed that she faced threats of slaps after her open condemnation of political party vigilante groups.
She said, the threat represents an unfortunate level of hostility women face in the country, especially if they speak up against public ills.
Speaking at the second edition of the Ghana Action Series, under the theme, “Responsible Citizenship and Accountable Leadership,” in Accra, Josephine Nkrumah said despite the potentials and high level of competence of women in the Ghanaian society, many fear to aspire to greater heights due to the level of intimidation and condescension they face.
“I have been tagged as somebody who is on the wanted list to be slapped because I dared to speak against vigilantism… but ask yourself, if a man had made those comments, had spoken up against vigilantism, do you think anyone would get up and say I will slap that man? But I am a woman and therefore I can be slapped,” she said.
“Women suffer hostility even on the roads of Ghana. Women drivers are perceived to be inferior and driving expensive cars connotes shady morals. It begs the question why we impugn incompetence and gains through ill means to women drivers,” the NCCE boss noted.
It would be recalled that Josephine Nkrumah and the NCCE, openly criticized the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) for supporting the actions of vigilante groups.
At the event, the NCCE boss, stated that the fight against corruption in Ghana will not end anytime soon if citizens do not speak up publicly against it.
She said, corruption in Ghana permeates almost every aspect of the Ghanaian society and it will only take bold citizens to fight it.
According to her, failing to speak up against corruption allows the practice that robs the country of its scarce resources.
“Corruption benefits only the individual taking it and adds up to robbing Ghana of about GH¢ 3 billion annually. Money that can wean us off donor dependency; the dream and essence of our Ghana beyond aid. When we as citizen leaders fail to speak against the conduct of the policeman and the trotro driver, we have condoned corruption,” she said.
“If we as citizens lead by condemning or reporting any act of corruption, it emboldens a new anti-corruption movement, but sadly, we have collectively failed to minimize corruption. Corruption, as we know, festers poverty, it breaks down social justice and cripples the essence of democratic governance,” she noted.
She added that Ghana faces a bleak future as far as corruption is concerned if conscious efforts are not made to instill into the youth values that abhor corruption.
Cataloging some violent and disruptive actions across all sectors of the society, Josephine Nkrumah said the system at the moment is designed to fail the youth, a situation she said must be adequately checked.
Ghana dropped 11 places from the 2016 ranking to place 81 out of 180 countries in the 2017 Corruption Perception index.
The Index put together by Transparency International ranks countries annually by their perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys.
Ghana’s mark out of a total of 100 was 40, down from 43, which the country attained in the last index.
Executive Director of the local chapter of Transparency International (TI), Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Linda Ofori Kwafo told Citi News the country performed poorly.
“We have the CPI for 2017 and Ghana performed not too good. Ghana actually dropped so far as our score is concerned. The most important thing on the CPI is the score, and so on the scale of 0 to 100, Ghana scored 40 out of 100 points.”