2019 Budget: special prosecutor’s office allocated GHC180m

2019 Budget: special prosecutor’s office allocated GHC180m

- The government has allocated a sum of GH¢180 million to the Special Prosecutor’s Office

- The sum is to be used to resource the office in strengthing it to fight corruption

- Amidu has said many times that his office was useless because he could not access funds to work

The government has allocated a total sum of GH¢180 million to the Special Prosecutor’s Office (SPO) to be used to resource the office in strengthen it to fight corruption.

The finance minister, Mr Ken Ofori-Atta, made this announcement in his 2019 Budget read to Parliament on Thursday, November 15, 2018.

He added that the government was also prepared and ready to “provide additional resources during the course of 2019 to enable the Special Prosecutor’s Office to carry out its mandate.

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The announcement of the allocation of funds to the office follows earlier claims by the special prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, that his office was starved of funds and so he could not work.

He intimated that the move appeared to be a deliberate attempt to incapacitate the office from fighting corruption in the country.

But the finance minister said the special prosecutor's office was “one of the highest priorities of government”, which would do anything to ensure the office functions as expected.

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Meanwhile, in an earlier report by YEN.com.gh, the government has said it will be spending a total of GH₵73.4bn as total budget in 2019.

Goods and services, according to the finance minister, will consume GH¢6.3 billion while some GH¢18.6 billion will be spent on interest payments of public debt.

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