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Akufo-Addo: “The Special Prosecutor will tell his own success story on fighting corruption”

President Akufo-Addo says the fight against corruption and to protect the public purse has been well enabled and resourced on his watch

President Akufo-Addo has refuted assertions that his government has performed poorly in fighting corruption.

He insists that not only has he subjected public officers cited for alleged acts of corruption to investigation by the state, but he has beefed up measures to fight corruption by establishing the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP), led to boot by a prominent member of the opposition National Democratic Congress.

Delivering on the mandate

President Akufo-Addo added that the appointment of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor is clear testament to the government’s commitment to fight corruption without fear or favour, especially among the president’s own appointees.

He declared that the OSP has also been provided with the resources it needs, including competent staff to prosecute the war on graft.

Speaking to journalists at a media interaction in Cape Coast during his tour of the Central Region, President Akufo-Addo argued that the OSP has not failed to deliver on its mandate. He said that Ghanaians will appreciate its significance when the Special Prosecutor addresses the country on his office’s successes in meeting its brief.


Strengthened institutions

The president said that, having appointed a figure not from his own New Patriotic Party to occupy the position of Special Prosecutor and then resourced the OSP, he would neither interfere nor be seen to interfere with how the office operates.

Less still would he pass judgement on how well it is working. A president’s comments on such a high-profile office could only be misinterpreted or credited with too much importance, he said.

President Akufo-Addo also pointed to the work the NPP government has done to ensure better accounting for use of the public purse by vastly strengthening institutions such as the Audit Service and Public Procurement Authority, both of which languished under John Mahama’s NDC government.

Listen to President Akufo-Addo talking to journalists about his government’s work to step up the war on corruption.

Asaase Radio correspondents

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