Editor-In-Chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has charged President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to lay much focus on the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and make it work effectively.
“I believe the President and for that matter, the government must wake up and commit themselves to that particular project”. Mr Kweku Baako said this on Joy Fm’s news analysis programme Newsfile monitored by MyNewsGH.com.
According to him, taking the president and his government five months to commission the Board for the Office of the Special Prosecutor is unacceptable and an indication that may trigger the debate that the government is not doing enough to support the office.
However, the Special Prosecutor Mr. Kissi Agyebeng in a recent interview revealed that there are numerous problems facing his office.
“The main problem was space. There was no space [at the old office], so even if we were going to recruit today, the new staff would not get anywhere to sit”, he said adding that, “I don’t have a board now, so for a lot of the things, I need the board’s approval, for instance, when you talk about recruitment and all that.”
“So the things I can do at my level without the board’s input, I am doing [them],” he said.
Responding to issues raised earlier by the Special Prosecutor Kissi Agyebeng, the veteran journalist wondered why after five months, the Board for the OSP has still not been inaugurated.
“Look, why must it take five months? Maybe there may be good reasons, but I am unable to admit that five months delay relative to inaugurating a board for that office is acceptable. I’m unable to accept it”, Abdul Kweku Baako said.
He further explained that” “because we all know the essential value and the functions of the board. Without the board in place, there are certain functions the office cannot do”.
He also charged that president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has the ultimate responsibility to ensure that the office of the special prosecutor works and works effectively.