President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has assured Ghanaians of the passing of the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) bill in October, by parliament’s next session.

He said, Ghanaians entrusted him with the responsibility to better their lives, and he would not delay in his commitment to enhance accountability in the nation’s public life, as corruption is dwindling Ghana’s development and progress.

“Words can no longer defeat the canker of corruption, concrete actions must,” he quickly said, and gave the assurance that, the Office of the Special Prosecutor, which would be enacted in the next Session of Parliament, would boost the anti-corruption drive of his administration.

President Akufo-Addo said this, when addressing a conference by the Global Christian Lawyers on the 17th August, 2017, at La Palm Royal Beach Hotel.

The President therefore, urged all Christian lawyers in their work and advocacy, to be at the forefront of championing government’s commitment to building a modern, developed, prosperous and progressive Ghana, and free her from the mindset of dependence, aid, charity and handouts.

“we will build a new Ghanaian civilization, where there is fair opportunity for all in education and health, where hard work, enterprise and creativity are rewarded, where there is an abundance of decent jobs with good pay, where there is a dignified retirement for the elderly, and where there is a social safety net for the vulnerable and disadvantaged with your help,” he opined.

The President said his administration had set to work and was building a business-friendly economy that would enable the country to get to the stage where the opportunities that will be available, would help build a resilient and prosperous nation, A Ghana beyond Aid.

He added that, Government is taking steps to ensure and maintain a stable macroeconomic environment in the context of a growing economy and, thereby, attracting private sector investment.

He pledged to develop Ghana’s healthcare system and make it accessible to the poorest in the society through an improved National Health Insurance system.

And said, starting from September 2017, his Government would redeem its pledge of providing free Senior High School Education in the public schools, stressing that it was an important tool for the development of the country.

“We have begun to clear the arrears of debt that were strangling the National Health Insurance Scheme, Kufuor’s great legacy to our nation, so that we will have, again, a buoyant health delivery system to which even the poorest in our society can have ready access,” he stated.

The modern, prosperous society that his government aims to build, he said, is hinged on a foundation of good governance and the rule of law, and “that is where you come in, firstly as Christians and secondly as Christian lawyers.”

“Together, let us also promote a spirit of reconciliation amongst all of us for the sake of our beloved Ghana and Africa, her progress and prosperity,” President Akufo-Addo added.

The Minority on Parliament’s Legal Committee, Hon. Rockson Dafiamekpor, also said in an interview that, they will support any initiative that will enable them to address corruption.

“We have always been ready to back policies to fight corruption in the private and public sector. Our opposition to the bill, has to do with the procedure,” he was quick to add.

The lawmaker said, members of the Constitutional Committee have met to draw up a strategy to scrutinize the bill before Parliament resumes in October.

Mr. Dafiamekpor said they are going to help push the bill through in Parliament, if the right thing is done by government and the Majority.

By:Sammy Adjei/