Professor Gyampo speaks on growing nepotism and state capture in the country

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Professor Ransford Gyampo, has raised concerns about the increasing nepotism and state capture in the country.

In a Facebook post on July 8, 2024, the senior political science lecturer at the University of Ghana 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, allegedly using 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 this practice perpetuates inequality and undermines democratic institutions.

Nepotism involves giving favor or preference to family members or friends in business or professional matters, often to the detriment of others, 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 with significant economic or political power manipulate and influence government decision-making processes to serve their own interests.

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