- Akufo Addo signs five Bills, including that which establishes the Office of the Special Prosecutor into law
- The Office of the Special Prosecutor will investigate acts of corruption involving public officers, politically exposed persons, etc
President Nana Akufo-Addo has assented to the Office of the Special Prosecutors Bill, as well as four other bills passed by Parliament last year.
In statement released on his official Facebook page, the President said his approval of the five Bills are in accordance with the 2016 Manifesto of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), which seeks to ensure funds are disbursed in every constituency.
In addition to the Special Prosecutor’s Bill, Akufo-Addo also gave his approval for the passage of the Zongo Development Fund Bill, Coastal Development Authority Bill, Middle Belt Development Authority Bill, and the Northern Development Authority Bill.
The statement read: “This morning, I gave Presidential Assent to 5 Bills, namely; Office of Special Prosecutor Bill; Zongo Development Fund Bill; Coastal Development Authority Bill; Middle Belt Development Authority Bill; and the Northern Development Authority Bill.
“These are some of the most important elements of the NPP's 2016 Manifesto, on which we were elected into office, and they have now found legislative expression.”
The President’s approval of the Special Prosecutors Bill is set to put an end to the long-lasting standoff between the Minority and Majority in Parliament on the viability of the Office.
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The roles and modalities of appointment of the Special Prosecutor have been defined in the Bill, which seeks to bring corrupt public officials and office holders to book.
The Zongo Development Fund Bill also targets education, as well as ways for the successful implementation of the the Zongo Development Fund.
The three other Development Authorities Bills – namely the Coastal Development Authority Bill, Middle Belt Development Authority Bill, and the Northern Development Authority Bill – will be under the Infrastructure for Poverty Eradication Programme (IPEP).
The aforementioned development authorities are expected to receive an annual allocation of $275 million for their successful ope
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