Leadership Ghana has “serious issues to do with leadership” – former UK ambassador

Delivering a lecture at the Koforidua Technical University, Smith said bad leaders have misled Ghanaians to become corrupt.

  • Published:
play ormer Ghana's ambassador to UK, Victor Smith
24/7 Live - Subscribe to the Pulse Newsletter!

The former Ghana ambassador to UK, Victor Smith, has said Ghana has “serious issues to do with leadership,” adding that it must be tackled as soon as possible.

Delivering a lecture at the Koforidua Technical University, Smith said bad leaders have misled Ghanaians to become corrupt.

He told the Tertiary Education Institution Network (TEIN) of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) that leaders often preach anti-corruption and integrity but turn around to do the worse when elected into office.

He said: “Our Country has serious issues to do with leadership and I mean leadership at all levels which needs to be tackled and very quickly. Bad leaders have misled the people to become corrupt in every sphere of national life.

“Leaders have preached anti-corruption and integrity at every turn but some have turned round and done all manner of things to the very high moral ground they seek to uphold.

“Poor leadership and widespread poverty is beginning to erode moral and social values in our society.”

Smith, who contested the Abuakwa North Constituency in the last election, decried the effect of corruption on the poor and the socioeconomic growth of Ghana.

“Corruption is bad for our socioeconomic growth, corruption is denying the majority of the people real progress. People are being robbed of the life they might have had,” he said, adding that: “Corruption is denying people justice from law enforcement officials. Corruption is hurting the poorest most but in the end it is a great threat to the national interest of the country.”

Victor Smith is among the 17 people rumoured to be interested in contesting for the flagbearership race of the NDC.

play ormer Ghana's ambassador to UK, Victor Smith


The former diplomat gave thumps up to president Nana Akufo Addo’s pledge to establish the office of independent prosecutor.

He also said institutions must be strengthened to work well to help reduce corruption whiles government provides commensurate salaries to public servants.

Do you ever witness news or have a story that should be featured on Pulse Ghana?
Submit your stories, pictures and videos to us now via WhatsApp: +233507713497, Social Media @pulseghana: #PulseEyewitness & DM or Email: eyewitness@pulse.com.gh.

Recommended Articles

Recommended Videos

Top Articles

1 Rockson Ayine Bukari I won't answer your calls when I'm ‘busy’ with my...bullet
2 Election 2020 Any idiot can hope to be president - A Plus tells Asiedu...bullet
3 NDC General Secretary Asiedu Nketia to quit position after 12 years...bullet
4 Elections 2020 I'm ready to be the next President of Ghana –...bullet
5 Otiko Djaba Minister fires back at critics over UN selfiebullet
6 Police Leadership Sacked CID boss accuses Kennedy Agyapong for...bullet
7 2016 Election Botchwey report reveals NDC did not collate...bullet
8 Governance Akufo-Addo’s appointees have begun showing...bullet
9 NDC General Secretary Koku Anyidoho lied; I'm still in...bullet
10 Corruption Allegations Prof Martey must prove...bullet

Top Videos

1 Video Ex-president John Mahama preaches at Assemblies of God Churchbullet
2 Greedy Bastards NDC infiltrated by self-seeking opportunists – Mahamabullet
3 Video Appiah Stadium warns Mahama against his close associatesbullet
4 Watch Video NPP bigwigs danced at Cape Coast delegates conferencebullet
5 Elections 2020 I'm ready to be the next President of Ghana –...bullet
6 Ghana meets Naija President-elect Nana Akufo - Addo meets...bullet
7 Parliamentary Bribery Saga Opoku Prempeh insulted me – Suhuyinibullet
8 Video Ken Agyapong vows to commit suicide if Mahama is not...bullet
9 Video Chaos erupts in Parliament over bribery reportbullet
10 Watch Gbese Mantse vows to abdicate if Nana Addo winsbullet