Gyimah-Boadi: Optimism in setting up OSP eroding

 Prof Gyimah-Boadi

Prof Gyimah-Boadi

Former Executive Director of Centre for Democratic Development (CDD), Professor E. Gyimah-Boadi has expressed his disappointment at the failure of the Akufo-Addo-led administration to fully set up the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) almost two years after assuming office.
He recounted before the nomination and appointment of Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor, hopes of the realisation of the promise dwindled as there were no signs of any such action.

His hopes were rekindled after President Nana Akufo-Addo initiated processes to establish the Office to fight corruption but that rekindled hope, Prof Gyimah-Boadi observed, is gradually eroding as it had taken too long to fully establish the Office.

In the run-up to the 2016 general elections, he noted then opposition leader Nana Akufo-Addo emphasised his commitment to setting up the office which was his main arsenal at drastically cutting down the canker from our national fabric.

“I will tell you I am still hopeful but some of that optimism that was generated by the appointment has been eroded over time because it is taking too much time for the Office to be set up.

“It’s taking too long for the office to get really operational, its only last month the board was inaugurated, It’s just taking too long, given it became the mantra whenever you questioned what are you doing about the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

“Despite the delays, I’m confident in the competence of Martin Amidu to do a good job. I’m hopeful the president is committed to making the office fully operational since his decision to appoint someone whose credibility to prosecute without fear or favour has been widely touted.

“His track record is what gave us the confidence, the president had the courage to select somebody who is not going to spare the president’s people and the party,” Prof Gyimah-Boadi stressed. –

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