The President, Nana Akufo-Addo has inaugurated a nine-member governing board to direct the affairs of the Office of the Special Prosecutor, in accordance with the Act of Parliament.
Members on the board were drawn from the Office of the Special Prosecutor, the Ghana Police Service, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), and the National Security Ministry.
They include, Mr Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor, Ms Cynthia Jane Naa-Kooshie Lamptey, Deputy Special Prosecutor, DCOP Maame Yaa Tiwa Addo-Danquah, for the Ghana Police Service, Mr Addae Wireko-Tawiah, Auditor General.
Others are Mr Charles nana Antwi of the Economic and Organised Crime Office(EOCO), Mr Kofi Boadi Boakye, for the Financial Intelligence Centre, Mr Charles Ayamdoo for CHRAJ, Mr Kwau Domfeh for the National Security, and Miss Linda Ofori-Kwafo, for the Anti-Corruption Civil Society Organisation.
Speaking at the swearing-in ceremony at the Jubilee House, on Thursday, July 12, 2018, President Akufo-Addo charged the board to work to ensure the independence” of the office, and also help the government in its quest to fight corruption in the country.
He advised the board to foster cooperation among them, adding that when they do, they are not endangering their functions and responsibilities, instead, helping the office to achieve its purpose.
With the inauguration of the board, President Akufo-Addo believes the office is “fully functional, according to law.”
The President noted in his remarks that “It is a new institution in the law enforcement architecture of our country, as well as in the architecture of our anti-corruption institutional framework. But, it is extremely important that the commitment that was made that this would be an Office independent of the Executive, that is the charge that you are required to keep.
“Your own composition tells you that you are also to be the body that ensures the co-operation of the law enforcement agencies of this country. The Attorney General is represented here, the Police Service is represented here, and we have high level representatives of the other institutions of the law enforcement world of Ghana. So, it is therefore, mandatory not only to guard the independence of the Office, but also to ensure the co-operation of the law enforcement agencies with the Office of the Special Prosecutor.”
President Akufo-Addo noted that the quality of personnel assembled to compose the board “are such as to give confidence that this very difficult assignment is one that is going to be undertaken in all seriousness, will be done without fear or favor, ill will or malice.”
Like the Council of State, President Akufo-Addo noted that the statute setting up the Office of Special Prosecutor is insistent that the he is not the person that appoints the Chairperson.
“You have to sit, after this meeting, either today or whenever it is convenient for you, and designate the Chairperson to chair your organization. That is what the law requires. All I can hope for is that you will choose somebody who will facilitate the intercourse amongst yourselves,” he added.
President Akufo-Addo assured the Board of his support in making sure that “Minister of Finance implements your budget, and, if necessary, finds ways to mobilize additional resources for you to be able to do your work well.”
He wished them “Godspeed in the discharge of your various functions” and was hopeful that “the work that you will do will inure to the enhancement of the public life of our country and ultimately to the benefit and welfare of the Ghanaian people.”
Parliament passed a law in November in 2017, to establish the Office of the Special Prosecutor as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, politically-exposed persons, as well as individuals in the private sector implicated in corrupt practices.
By Maxwell Ofori/ thechronicle.com.gh