CSOs working on anti-corruption and good governance have called on President Akufo-Addo to ensure that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has adequate funding.
This was after a meeting with the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng to deliberate on how best the OSP can work with CSOs to fight corruption.
The meeting was to among others help the “SP lay out his vision for the Office which included focusing on corruption prevention activities targeted at addressing issues such as gift-giving, developing and preparing integrity plans for public agencies, conducting corruption risk assessments for major financial transactions, production of a manual to guide citizens on the operations of the Office and the launch of a flagship tool to track the progress of institutions called the Corruption League Table.
“The SP’s vision also focused strongly on asset recovery, use of plea bargaining, and of course, prosecution, backed by good forensic work and investigations.”
A letter signed by Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, Media Foundation for West Africa and 12 other CSOs indicated that “there is still a lot to do for the OSP to be fully operational to pursue all its functions.”The signees of the release also showed their unflinching support for the course saying: “We remain resolute in our commitment to promote integrity in public life.”
“Corruption remains a serious challenge in Ghana and all key investigative and prosecutorial agencies are needed to effectively work to help the country achieve its objectives,” portion of the statement read.
The CSOs further called on the President to expedite action on the formation of the new OSP board to allow the Office to recruit its staff in accordance with the OSP Act 2017 (Act 959).
The Organisation also commended the SP for the Office’s effort to communicate and engage with citizens
through the media and online platforms.They, however, recommended the engagement with citizens through the media and online platforms be extended to the regions to help educate Ghanaians on the work of the OSP.