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General News of Thursday, 12 July 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Special Prosecutor Board inaugurated

President Akufo-Addo has charged the newly sworn-in governing body of the Office of the Special Prosecutor to do all within their power to assist the Special Prosecutor and his Deputy to achieve the statutory ends that Ghanaians expect of the office, which is to fight and eliminate corruption from the public space.

Addressing the nine-member Governing Body of the Office of the Special Prosecutor after administering the official oath and the oath of secrecy, President Akufo-Addo said even though it has taken a bit of time to fully constitute the entire Office of The Special Prosecutor, it is better late than never.

The President indicated that the responsibilities placed on the Office of the Special Prosecutor(OSP) to ensure that the public life of Ghana is sanitized cannot be over emphasizing.

He added that he is confident in the group of people who have been assembled to constitute the board and that he looks forward to assisting them with all his support to get their budget implemented.

In a response on behalf of the OSP governing body, Linda Ofori Kwafo said she and her colleagues will do all within their power to abide by the provisions of section 6(1) of the OSP Act 2017, (Act 959) as the go about performing their duties.

She pledged that the board is looking forward to discharging their functions to ensure that corruption is minimized in Ghana.

Statutory Provision For Constituting OSP Board

Section five (5) of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017, (Act 959) provides that the Governing Body of the Office is a Board consisting of the Special Prosecutor, Deputy Special Prosecutor, one Representative of the Audit Service not below the rank of a Director nominated by the Auditor General, one Representative of the Police Service not below the rank of Assistant Commissioner of Police nominated by the Inspector General of Police, one Representative of the Economic and Organized Crime Office not below the rank of a Director nominated by the Executive Director, one Representative of the Financial Intelligence Centre not below the rank of a Director nominated by the Chief Executive Officer of the Financial Intelligence Centre, one Representative of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice not below the rank of a Director nominated by the Commissioner of Human Rights and Administrative Justice.

The others are one person with background in intelligence and not below the rank of a Director nominated by the Minister responsible for National Security and one person who is a female representing the Anti Corruption Civil Society Organizations.