We don’t matter? – Prof Gyampo decries nepotism and state capture

Outspoken Ghanaian scholar, Professor Ransford Gyampo, has expressed concern over the growing nepotism and state capture in the country.

The senior political science lecturer at the University of Ghana in a Facebook post on July 8, 2024, lamented that the Akufo-Addo government is prioritizing the interests of family and friends over the general population.

He cited examples of top officials, including President Akufo-Addo, Osafo Maafo, and Freddie Blay, who have allegedly used their positions to enrich themselves and their relatives.

“It’s always about someone and their children… We don’t matter,” Prof Gyampo wrote.

He expressed frustration that the practice is perpetuating inequality and undermining democratic institutions.

Nepotism is the practice of giving favor or preference to family members or friends in business or professional matters, often to the detriment of others. It involves using one’s position or influence to benefit relatives or close associates, rather than making decisions based on merit or fairness.

State capture refers to a situation where a small group of individuals, often with significant economic or political power, manipulate and influence government decision-making processes to serve their own interests.

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