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President Akufo-Addo’s newly approved Special Prosecutor, Martin Alamisi Amidu says he will be neutral should his nomination be confirmed by Parliament’s Vetting Committee. He notes the position he is yet to occupy will further bind him to stay neutral in the discharge of his duties.

Speaking during his vetting on Tuesday, Mr. Amidu said, “When the president nominated me and announced me to the whole world, I became a potential public officer recognized under the criminal code as a public officer. As far as am concerned, since that day, I am neutral and that is why you have not heard my voice on air saying anything. This is because I am coming to an office which has be neutral and impartial”.

Labour says it backs government’s position for a downward review of utility tariffs, proposing that the cost of electricity and water should be slashed by at least 20%.

“We believe that tariffs can be reduced by 20 percent or by a higher percentage given the negative impact of the existing (high) tariffs on economic activities and on living standards of consumers. We think a significant reduction in tariffs is justified when we take into consideration the generally low incomes in the country,” the Ghana Trades Union Congress (TUC) said in a statement issued in Accra on Tuesday.

The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC), which is set to release new utility cost figures soon, has said it will do what is right under its mandate in setting the new utility tariffs.

A senior research fellow at the Ghana Center for Democratic Development (CDD-Ghana), Dr. Kojo Asante, has warned the youth that unemployment will not end “anytime soon” hence the need to work towards a society which can take care of them.

He has therefore charged the youth to exhibit a strong sense of leadership and work towards having a progressive and all-inclusive country.

Speaking to students during a Humanities Day Forum organized by the SOS-Hermann Gmeiner International College in Tema, Dr. Asante said it is dangerous for the youth to isolate themselves and look on unconcerned about issues affecting their immediate societies and the country as a whole.

Franklin Cudjoe, Founding President & CEO, IMANI

Policy think-tank, IMANI, believes special prosecutor nominee Martin Amidu will live above reproach following a marathon vetting session in Parliament on Tuesday.

“We at IMANI have greater faith in him, that he will work without negative pride, prejudice and preference towards anyone. Amidu is content with what life throws at him and he says it without shame that his asset declaration form wouldn’t be the envy of many a public servant,” IMANI said in a statement.

IMANI is therefore drawing Mr. Amidu’s attention to activities likely to affect the integrity of pension schemes at COCOBOD and other public agencies.

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