Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday took a giant step toward the fight against corruption as he assented to a bill for the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP).
The bill was aimed at establishing the OSP as a specialised agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers and politically exposed persons.
It would also allow the OSP to probe persons in the private sector involved in the commission of corruption and to prosecute offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.
Signing the bill at the Flagstaff House in Accra, Akufo-Addo said his hope and expectation was that the establishment of the office would be an important step in the collective determination to root out corruption in Ghana.
He said corruption was a major bane in the development of Ghana, “and hopefully, this office would make sure that public officials, past and present, were held to account for their actions.”
He added that corrupt acts would no longer go without investigations.
The establishment of the OSP is one of the key campaign promises of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP).