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Ghana's corruption-driven bureaucratic systems will be eliminated – Bawumia

Dec. 1, 2019, 11:46 a.m.

Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has assured Ghanaians that with the introduction of realtime digital technologies in the Ghanaian economy, the informal and bureaucratic systems in the country which is largely responsible for the high levels of corruption will be totally eliminated.

Addressing the management, staff and students of the Labone Senior High School at their 70th Anniversary Celebration and 50th Speech and Prize Giving Day on the theme; "Reliving, Reconnecting and Impacting our Educational Experience Today," Dr Bawumia said informal societies the world over breed corruption and also offer people the opportunity to hide and carry out wrong deeds.

"We live largely in a society which is very informal and you can easily hide. Nobody knows you when you are in very informal societies. In an informal society, a lot depends on whom you know. If you are going to get a service, the systems are not working so you rely on informal frameworks. You want to get a service, it depends on who you are able to bribe or how much you are able to bribe," Dr Bawumia said.

Emphasising on government's determination to arrest the phenomenon, the Vice President noted, "We have about roughly only two million people who pay taxes in this country. The bureaucracy allows corruption to thrive. This is the nature of the society that we have and this is the society that we are going to change."

Amongst several policies that government has introduced according to the Vice President, to ensure the rapid development of Ghana, the educational policy and technology and innovation agenda of the Akufo-Addo led administration are very essential Dr Bawumia noted.

"In just the last two years, senior high school enrollment has increased by 62%. That is really massive. Even though it's very expensive, the cost of not doing it for society will even be more expensive and, therefore, we should put our resources into education," the Vice President stated.

Challenges of and Donation to Labone SHS

Turning his attention to the Labone Senior High School, Dr Bawumia indicated that government has taken note of the several challenges the school is dealing with that need urgent attention. He assured that immediate steps will be taken to resolve them. In commemoration of the 70th anniversary, the Vice President announced that government will donate a school bus to the School and also align GETFund to complete the staff flats which are currently at 80% completion.