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.

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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.

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