Resource anti-corruption institutions – GBA

 Mr Nutsukpui

Mr Nutsukpui

The Ghana Bar Association (GBA) has urged the government to resource the Office of the Special Prosecutor and other anti-corruption institutions to carry out their mandate of fighting corruption and prosecuting corrupt officials.
It also asked the government to resource the Ministry of Justice, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) among others.

Whiles commending government on the establishment of the office and the subsequent appointment of Martin Amidu as the Special Prosecutor, Benson Nutsukpui, the President of the GBA, at its annual General Conference in Koforidua, noted that “we commend government on the appointment of the Special Prosecutor to fight corruption.

It was on the theme: ‘The impact of technology on the practice of law to move with the changing times.’

“To make his office meaningful however, we call on the government to adequately resource the Office of the Special Prosecutor as well as the other anti-corruption institutions which already exist, and indeed the Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Attorney General.

“We urge government to adequately retool the various Senior High Schools (SHS) in the country to deal with the increasing challenges confronting the implementation of the free SHS programme,” Mr Nutsukpui stressed.

The Attorney-General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, in March 2018 indicated that some administrative arrangements were underway to equip the Office of the Special Prosecutor with the requisite resources.

Martin Amidu was sworn in by President Nana Akufo-Addo as Ghana’s first Special Prosecutor in February 2018.
The interior of the one-storey house boasts of a few bedrooms that has been converted into offices fitted with desks for prosecutors and investigators needed for the job.

The Special Prosecutor himself had a small room stuffed with chairs and a dining table to serve as his office.

A few more tiny rooms and cubicles seemed like offices for other staff.

Mr Amidu recently said his office would only prosecute serious cases of alleged corruption due to the limited resources available to his office.

He was however quick to add that his office would not spare corrupt officials since it would devise measures to deal with minor offences. –

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