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There is a saying that: an insolent dog should not dare misbehave at the Bolga market. Dog meat is a delicacy of our friends in that part of the country; so, a dog going about in the Bolga market dancing ?Azonto? will have itself to blame.

Kikikikiki, if you are not a lover of dog meat, beware if you are buying chichinga in Bolgatanga. Some years ago, I was in Bolga to do business, and decided to chill small. I saw many people in a queue at a joint for some chichinga. I was morbidly anxious, and thought the chichinga must be special. I joined the queue, and made an order. I took a bite, and found out that the taste was different from the usual beef or mutton normally used for that stuff. I spat it out, and threw the rest away. Hehehehe, a young man sitting near me shouted: ?Kai, my brother, you spoil meat!?

Folks, I wish to draw an analogy between a dog at the Bolga market and the leakage of WAEC BECE examination paper in Religious and Moral Education. All examination leakages must be condemned in no uncertain terms, but a leakage in a Religious and Moral Education examination paper for teenagers as happened recently in this country, is Haram! Religious and Moral Education paper paa? SMH. That is a conclusive proof of how fast moral profligate is ravaging our society today.

I believe the culprits behind these leakages are motivated by one thing ? huge financial reward. And I have been wondering how many of these beneficiary teenagers would be able to raise such amounts of money. Let?s not look far. Parents, uncles, aunties, etc., must be behind these pestiferous absurdity. Shameful!

There are reports from around the country that invigilators have been taking money from candidates of the ongoing BECE Examination with the promise to help them to cheat! In one incident, it was alleged that GHC5 was taken from each school child daily: and poor candidates from some villages were seen begging for money to buy food after their money had been taken by these unscrupulous invigilators. What nonsense is that!

Most of the culprits are teachers who earn salaries, and are going to be remunerated for invigilating. Interesting, these same people go about criticizing and blaming government for hardship in the country. The Police and the National Security must investigate and take action before the BECE Examination ends.

The moral foundation of our country is on the verge of collapsing to the disadvantage of the poor; for instance the trotro fare from Ofankor Barrier to Accra Central is GHC1.60P. During rush hours, no trotro goes directly to Accra. They load to Kwame Nkrumah Circle and collect a fare of GHC1.40P; as the vehicle approaches Circle, a driver?s mate shouts: ?Accra, Accra, Accra?, and collects another GHC1 from Circle to Accra. In this case the poor Ghanaian who has budgeted for GHC1.60 ends up paying GHC2.40.

A farmer brings his or her perishable food stuffs from Brong Ahafo Region to Accra; the Market Queen knowing very well that the produce will go bad by the next day, and that the poor farmer is at her mercy, decides to pay an unrealistic price for the food stuffs, sometimes buying on credit to the detriment of the underprivileged farmer.

It is also not unusual to see civil servants of institutions using paper and printers in their offices to print documents for their private businesses. Some also spend hours on end engaging their friends on needless conversations on office phones. The cumulative effect of such practices is that more money is wasted on logistics and bills, creating shortfalls in income meant for salaries and allowances of workers. And woe betides government for delaying in its attempt to look for money to solve the problem; the same workers who caused the problem would threaten the government with strike actions and all kinds of vigils.

I could go on with plethora of examples: the point I?m trying to make is that most of us are guilty when it comes to moral profligate. I don?t have any problem for people to criticize President John Dramani Mahama and his government. He is not infallible, and no human being is; but we should remember that as we point one finger at him, the remaining fingers will be pointing at us as a people. The reversal of this trend would do us a lot of good and create the Better Ghana we are all yearning for.

Source: Anthony Obeng Afrane

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