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‘I won’t turn down Special Prosecutor offer’ – Nii Ayikoi Otoo reveals

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While many Ghanaians await the country’s next Special Prosecutor, former Canadian ambassador and Minister for Justice & Attorney General, Nii Ayikoi Otoo, has disclosed his willingness to take up the mandate, if the lot ever falls on him.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with TV Africa’s Paa Kwesi Schandorf on the Breakfastlive morning show, the seasoned legal practitioner affirmed that he has what it takes to be the next Special Prosecutor, and hence he will welcome the offer should it land at his doorstep.

Joseph Nii Ayikoi Otoo, former Canadian Ambassador and Minister for Justice & Attorney General

After serving as the country’s Attorney General and Minister for Justice in the erstwhile Kufuor -led administration, Nii Ayikoi believes that he has the necessary competencies to mastermind the responsibilities that accrue to the Office of the Special Prosecutor.

His comments come at a time when respected criminal law lecturer, Kissi Agyabeng, has been proposed by the Attorney General to occupy the office, following the resignation of former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, some six months ago.

For him, ‘he has been there before’, and hence he is very much familiar with the rubrics of state prosecution and the fight against corruption. Nii Ayikoi Otoo also believes that his close to forty (40) years experience at the bar, gives him the additional gravitas to occupy the office with distinction.

Nii Ayikoi Otoo, who shot into prominence during the 2012 election petition, has been serving as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada since 2017, a position which is currently being occupied by the immediate past Managing Director of the Ghana Commercial Bank, Ransford Sowah.

Speaking in the exclusive interview, Nii Ayikoi Otoo revealed that his years as Ghana’s High Commissioner to Canada, further exposed him to some of the ills in Ghana which have derailed the country’s development.

In his view, countries like Canada and other European countries have robust address systems which make it possible for enhanced credit facilities to be extended to the citizens; a situation which is practically missing in Ghana. He therefore praised the efforts of the government at digitization the address systems in Ghana.

Touching on the rising incidences of religious scandals in the country, the ace lawyer suggested that laws and standards should be made to regulate the conduct of religious leaders and church activities in the country. According to him, once that is done, sanity will be restored into the system, and charlatans who parade themselves as men of God will be weeded out of the system.

As a respectable Ga man, Nii Ayikoi Otoo also bemoaned the rate at which Gas are loosing their identity and prominence on the country’s culture scene. Even though he blame the situation on increasing rate of rural migration to the capital, he also chided Ga traditional rulers for exchanging arable Ga lands for monetary considerations.

According to him, the haste at which some Ga traditional rulers hurriedly dispose Ga land for monetary benefits contributes greatly to the eroding identity of Gas on the country’s cultural landscape.

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