The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, finds herself in hot waters after paying over Ghc 67 million in judgement debt without approval from Cabinet.
Accra-based Citi FM reports that the Attorney General’s Department paid the said amount to the firm, Construction Pioneers. This was despite the fact that a debt exceeding GHc 10 million cannot be paid without Cabinet’s prior authorization.
The payment was captured in the Auditor General’s 2016 Report, which was discussed during Tuesday, March 12, 2019’s Public Accounts Committee sitting. The Auditor General’s report observed that Construction Pioneers were paid the monies which exceeded the GHc 10 million threshold without the requisite consent. “A review of the bank statement of the Ministry disclosed that a payment of GHc67,380,718.20 (direct debit) was made to Construction Pioneers as judgement debt on behalf of the state without any reference to Cabinet,” sections of the report reads.
Meanwhile, the Committee re-emphsised that all payment above the GHc10 million threshold be referred to Cabinet for approval.