- The Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has failed in its efforts to help fight corruption
- According to the Senior Minister, the purpose for which EOCO was established has not yielded any positive results
- Corruption is one of the biggest challenges Ghana faces
The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, says the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has so far failed in helping to fight corruption.
According to him, the Office is yet to fully fulfill the purpose for which it was established some years ago.
Mr. Maafo was speaking at the launch of the Strategic Plan of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition in Accra.
He said a number of factors account for EOCO’s inability to fight crime, pointing to the frequent politicisation of crime.
“The establishment of EOCO was specifically to fight corruption and I don’t think they have succeeded and therefore this is a reminder to the institution that we are still expecting to play a very key role in the fight against corruption,” the Senior Minister said.
“The whole country is now divided on NPP and NDC actions and people defend wrong based on political colour, we cannot fight corruption that way, a crime is a crime and we must approach from that angle.”
He added that EOCO has to be more vibrant if Ghana is to win the war against crime and corruption.
EOCO was established nine years ago as an autonomous body to help in the fight against corruption.
The office is tasked with monitoring and investigating issues bordering on economic and organised crime.
They are also authorised by the Attorney-General to prosecute and to recover the proceeds of financial crime.
Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia disclosed the directive on Wednesday, September 25, 2019.
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