- The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Andrew Barnes, does not seem pleased with the level of corruption in the country
- According to him, the fact that a greater percentage of Ghanaians were Christians should be reason enough for corruption to be on the low
- He stressed that corruption is “not just illegal but it is also immoral” with a dire consequence on the total development of a country
The Australian High Commissioner to Ghana, Andrew Barnes has expressed shock at the level of corruption in Ghana, a nation dominated by Christians.
According to Barnes, in a country where the Christian population constitutes approximately 71.2% of the entire population, corruption should not be an issue.
Speaking at the launch of a strategic plan of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition in Accra on Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Mr Barnes pointed out that although he doesn’t believe in the existence of God, he knows “corruption is clearly against Christian teachings."
Barnes remarked: “As an atheist, it intrigues me that Ghana, as a strongly Christian country, corruption is such a problem in Ghana.[sic]”
He stressed that corruption is “not just illegal but it is also immoral” with a dire consequence on the total development of a country.
Mr Barnes commended the coalition for keeping up the pressure on government and those in responsible positions to check corruption, noting that the situation would have been worse without the GACC.
YEN.com.gh earlier reported the Dutch Ambassador to Ghana, Ron Strikker urged the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) to pursue a “Ghana beyond corruption” agenda since government officially launched the ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ policy.
The Netherlands’ Ambassador believed that the country would be better off without corruption which according to him, consumes millions of aid, loans and grants.
Speaking on the Ghana beyond aid policy launched by the NPP government, Strikker suggested that the government should channel its resources into fighting corruption.
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