The President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said that his government is committed to resourcing the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to deliver on its mandate.
The OSP was established barely three years ago, but its operationalisation commenced effectively in August 2021 upon the assumption of office of the current Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng.
The inaction has been blamed on lack of resources and a failure on the part of the former occupant of the office, Martin Amidu, to recruit and put in structures and systems for full functionality.
Akufo-Addo said the process of giving the new special prosecutor resources to be able to do his work is on course.
“These things, like all of us when appointed to public office to some extent is like a leap in the dark. So we will see that the new Special Prosecutor to what extent we can count on him to live up to the responsibilities of his mandate,” Akufo-Addo said.
He assured that “every effort is being made to make sure that in reality he is capable of doing the work.”
Agyebeng has said that his office will be recruiting 250 staff as part of plans to make the office fully functional.
He also said when the board of the OSP is sworn in, it will set up two more divisions in addition to setting up a forensics laboratory within its newly moved in 10-storey building at South Ridge in Accra. The building will also house a cyber-security laboratory, call centre and holding cells.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor is Ghana’s specialised independent anti-corruption investigative and prosecutorial agency. It is also mandated to prevent corruption and recover and manage assets seized from proceeds of crime.