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CORRUPTION FIGHT MUST BEGIN WITH 3-YEAR-OLDS - UK-BASED PASTOR





UK-based Ghanaian preacher, Rev. Dr Henry Godson-Afful, says focusing the corruption fight on the present generation is a wrong approach to fighting the canker.

Speaking on Sunday at the launch of his books “Principles For Principal People” and “General Ministerial and Christian Ethics," he noted that the fight against corruption would fail if the country continues to pursue changing the attitudes of the people who are already corrupt.

“I believe that the current crop of middle-aged people and even the youth, might not even be the best people to start with the corruption eradication agenda," he stated.

His comment follows how the country is still struggling to eradicate the menace of corruption despite the relentless effort by successive governments.

Ghana, according to the 2018 Corruption Perceptions Index reported by Transparency International, is the 78 least corrupt nation out of 175 countries.

Corruption Rank in Ghana averaged 64.71 from 1998 until 2018, reaching an all-time high of 81 in 2017 and a record low of 50 in 2002.

To change this tide, the preacher who is also an Education Consultant, suggests a strong social re-engineering on the issue of corruption which he thinks, must start from the early years of the education system.

He further proposed in the curriculum of early childhood education, topics which would build the younger generation in seeing the bad impact of corruption on individuals and the country.

"Let the three-year-olds know [that] if you steal from someone's lunch box it's an act of corruption, if you cheat in exams hall it is also an act of corruption," he said.

He explained that, with this embedded in the minds of children and students of a younger age, the country would have a generation with a strong re-engineered mentality which is the best way to fight corruption.

He called on government, politicians, the clergy, religious bodies and civil groups to rise up and fight corruption at the early stages of life.

The books foreworded by senior clergy, Rev. Sam Korankye-Ankrah and the Deputy Attorney-General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, stresses on the need to be guided by principles in one’s life.

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