Gov’t Criticises Judgement Debt Commission Over Akufo-Addo

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Government chastised the Judgement Debt Commission for not recommending the sanctioning of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his role in a controversial judgement debt payment that led to huge loss for the State.

Having failed to pay Delta Foods for imported maize in 1997, the Ministry of Food and Agriculture incurred a judgement debt of $2 million.

Despite agreeing that it owed the US firm, the Attorney General’s office, led in 2002 by then Attorney General Nana Addo, went to the Supreme Court to challenge the judgement. The delay led to $4.9 million in additional interest on the amount owed.

The Judgement Debt Commission found that the interest authorized to be paid by Akufo-Addo caused the nation huge financial loss. It recommended that some public officials be sanctioned for the loss, yet it failed to name Akufo-Addo as one of those officials.

In a white paper issued Wednesday, Government said the commission erred in not recommending sanctioning the NPP flag bearer as he was the one who authorized the payment.

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