Kojo Yankah: Political interference cause of rivalry in institutions

 Prof Yankah

Prof Yankah

Political interference has created serious rivalry and confusion in public institutions, Professor Kojo Yankah, Founder of the African University College of Communications has stated.
He explained that “governance of institutions remains troubled as crises associated with various political orders has caused disturbances, harassment of staff and the widespread corruption in the institutions”.

Prof Yankah expressed worry at how politics had badly shaped all sectors of institutions which included patterns of access and bias by some staff who revere their political affiliations more than their standing or vision.

“We have a situation where people get warning from their lecturers that if they don’t change their political affiliation, they are going to fail, look at what is happening in our public universities?

“There is academic freedom but you will find universities, I’m not afraid to mention University of Winneba, what is happening is just party politics destroying our institutions, where is the freedom?

“Most student leaders are stuck to believing that engaging with political parties or campaigning for them can secure them good jobs and luxurious cars after education.

“Involving in student politics is not the only way to become a ‘statesman’ or attain a good position in government and the youth should desist from such ‘irrational’ thoughts and focus on their education.

“Stay away from student politics, it will not help you, if you think that is the way to get into politics and sit in flashy vehicles cars forget it, I’m serious, pursue your education, profession, career and make a human being of yourself.

“Once you get to become a pawn in someone’s arms you’re never free, your freedom is taken, you’ll be in trouble, become a soldier and the next thing is join the association of unemployed graduates.

“It is expected of student leaders to champion the interest of their fellow students, not political parties and attributed current economic crisis to broken value system because indigenous traditional values embedded in Ghanaians by our forefathers have been neglected due to personal gains, contributing to our woes as a nation.

“Founders of our nation respect and recognise traditional culture and values but can’t be said for the current generation since everyone is busy competing amongst each other,” Prof Yankah lamented.  –ghanaweb.com

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