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Ghanaian president signs special prosecutor bill against corruption

ACCRA (Xinhua) -- Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo on Tuesday took a giant step towards the fight against corruption as he assented to a bill for the establishment of the Office of Special Prosecutor (OSP).

The bill aims to establish the OSP as a specialized agency to investigate specific cases of corruption involving public officers, politically exposed persons and persons in the private sector involved in the commission of corruption and to prosecute the offences on the authority of the Attorney-General.

At a brief signing ceremony held at the Flagstaff House in Accra, Akufo-Addo said his hope and expectation is that the establishment of the office is going to be an important step in the collective determination to root out corruption in the public life of Ghana.

He said corruption is a major bane in the development of Ghana, and hopefully, this office will make sure that public officials, past and present, are held to account for their actions, and that corrupt acts will no longer go without investigations.

The establishment of the OSP is one of the key campaign promises of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP). 

             

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