Judgment debt saga Payments of dubious judgment debt is over - Prez Mahama

The sole commissioner tasked to investigate all dubious judgement debt has handed over the report to President John Mahama.

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Justice Yaw Apau and President John Mahama play

Justice Yaw Apau and President John Mahama

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President John Dramani Mahama has served notice government will no longer entertain the payment of dubious judgment debts which ended up putting a huge burden on the public purse.

He made this promise when he received a 501-page report from Justice Yaw Appau, the Sole Commissioner who was tasked to handle issues of judgement debts in successive governments in October 2012.

“I assure the Commission and the entire nation that government will study the report thoroughly and ensure adequate measures are instituted within the framework of the National Anti-corruption Action Plan to avoid the recurrence of the repayment of such dubious debts as they occurred over the years,” the president promised Justice Yaw Appau.

Mahama noted: “I am happy to have received the report of the Sole Commissioner. I have followed closely the work of the Commission as much as my schedule will allow me and the complicity of some public officials and their collaborators in the private sector is palpable. Even at the public hearing many marvelled at the collusion to abuse the system for public gain.”

The President added that, “Government has taken some key measures to halt these trend and even during the sitting of the commission upon the advice of the Sole Commissioner payment of compensations that were being made by the Ministry of Finance in respect to lands inundated during the construction of the Akosombo Dam were halted.”

President Mahama on October 8, 2012 swore-in Justice Appau to thoroughly investigate the judgment debts, procedures for negotiations, contracts, execution, monitoring and resolve disputes as well.

He was expected to make recommendations to prevent unnecessary  judgement debt payments to individuals and companies which has cost the country millions of Ghana Cedis.

His appointment came on the back of a series of payments to some individuals and institutions including businessman Alfred Woyome, Waterville Holdings and Isofotun SA.

Meanwhile, some government officials were also implicated in these payments.

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