The Auditor General, Daniel Domelovo, has confessed that it is almost impossible for corruption to be eradicated in Ghana..
According to the Auditor General, corruption has infused into every facet of the Ghanaian society and as such getting rid of it seems quite impossible.
He however, added that the endemic canker of corruption can be managed in order to reduce its pervasiveness.
“Under the directive principles of state policy in our constitution, the state is required to eradicate corruption and abuse of power. I did some small exercise of checking what is the meaning of eradicating corruption; It meant to eliminate entirely, and I said in Ghana it can never happen,” he said.
“Some said destroy completely, I said the same thing, it can never happen. I went on and I saw reduce and I said maybe that’s what the constitution meant. As for reducing, we might be able to do it.”
Speaking at a town hall meeting organized by Accra-based Citi FM and the Media Foundation for West Africa, the Auditor General, Daniel Domelovo said educating the public on corruption will go a long way to help in fighting the canker in Ghana.
“It is my considered opinion that if you want to eradicate or reduce corruption significantly you need to do a number of things including education. I think we have to identify clearly what constitutes corruption,”Mr Domelovo preached.
He further called for the country’s laws to be amended to allow individuals to take up prosecution of corruption-related cases. This, he suggested , could help reduce the prevalence of corruption in the country.
“I think seriously that we need to privatize or commercialize the prosecution of corruption.”
“It is an offence that affects all of us so we should all have the right to prosecute corrupt practices. This will help check corruption because if I’m aiming at prosecuting you, you will also aim at prosecuting me. So we will be checking each other,” the Auditor General added.