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Give EOCO clout, make it independent – Prof. Ayee
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The government has been called upon to make the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) independent of control to give it clout to become effective in investigating crimes including those suspected of sitting appointees.

Prof. Atsu Ayee, a political scientist made the call today July 10, 2019 in Accra at a stakeholders meeting organized by the EOCO to share information about its operations to the public. The EOCO, hitherto, has been mystified. Indeed, some of the participants used the word ‘monster’ to describe the organization established to fight economic and financial crimes. This meeting is the first ever in the history of the organization’s existence.

Prof. Ayee said to make EOCO effective, it must be removed from the Attorney-General’s Department, made into a Commission, like its counterpart in Nigeria, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.

“There is a mismatch between the expectations of internal stakeholders and external stakeholders,” he said and urged the Office to work to move away from the negative perception that it is being used for political witch-hunting.

Clara Beeri Kasser-Tee, a legal practitioner in her contributions, noted that giving appointees of the Office security of tenure is important in making EOCO independent.

Mr. William Nyarko, the Executive Director of ACILA, said that independence for EOCO must be provided by law and practice. “We need to change the law that says EOCO must submit its reports to the Minister. That must change,” he added.

He called on the Public Affairs unit to be visible, interact with journalists and editors and build the capacity of journalists about its work.

Justice Sir Dennis Adjei, an Appeals Court judge, adding his voice to the calls to make EOCO independent, called for the amendment of the law to make the Office independent, noting that “the power to appoint and the power to dismiss,” makes it difficult for officials of the office to do their job because they are afraid they would lose their jobs.

 

Source: https://www.ghanabusinessnews.com/2019/07/10/give-eoco-clout-make-it-independent-prof-ayee/

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