The Chairperson of the Ghana Anti- Corruption Coalition, Nana Osei-Bonsu, has proposed the setting up of an independent committee to appoint a suitable candidate for the position of the public prosecutor.
According to him, such a move was necessary as it will repose public confidence in the person’s ability to be impartial and neutral in dealing with corrupt cases.
Speaking to the Ghanaian Times at a donation by GACC to the Dzorwulu Special School for the blind in Accra yesterday, Nana Osei-Bonsu suggested that the establishment of the committee should be done immediately government satisfies the legal requirements in the appointment of the independent prosecutor.
He described the decision of the new government to appoint an independent prosecutor as commendable and urged other anti-corruption institutions to support the person when given the nod.
“The government needs to prioritise the fight against corruption,” he stressed, explaining that the number one advice he would give to the new government is for it to ensure the prosecution of persons engaged in corrupt practices.
“Government should initiate and complete the prosecution of any person that will be implicated in a corrupt practice. That is my topmost advice and by doing so it will deter other citizens from doing same,” he said.
Nana Osei-Bonsu expressed concern about the spate of corruption in public service and urged Ghanaians to stand against the act in their localities.
He said the onus was on every citizen to ensure that public servants or government appointees in their localities did not perpetuate such “evil” against the state.
“If the Chief Executive of your assembly suddenly starts to acquire more wealth within a short time, take it upon yourself to question the source of such wealth and if possible report the person,” he stressed.
The Executive Secretary of the Coalition, Executive Secretary of GACC, Mrs. Emefa Narteh, explained that the gesture was part of the corporate social responsibility of the coalition aimed at supporting the marginalised in society.
She said the coalition looked forward to making the donation an annual event but promised to organize it during Christmas.
Mrs. Narteh was optimistic that the assorted items including ceiling fans, drinks, biscuit, bottled water and toiletries donated to the school will enhance the well-being of the children.
The Assistant Head teacher of the school, Mr. Tetteh, lauded the coalition for the donation and urged other corporate entities to emulate their example.
By Charles Amankwa