16 January 2013

Ghana: Judgment Debt Commission Accepts More Data

The Sole Commission into judgment debts resumed sitting yesterday, with some state institution providing comprehensive data to enable the commission do its work effectively.

The Deputy Auditor General, Mr. Yaw Agyei Sefa, who had previously presented some reports, had additionally provided the Commission presided over by Sole Commissioner Justice Yaw Apau, an Appeal court judge.

Mr. Agyei Sefa, who is in-charge of Performance and Special Audits Department, made available forensic reports submitted to Parliament on the National Vocational training Institute and Audit of the account of the Ghana@50 Secretariat to the commission.

In addition, the Deputy Auditor General provided the commission Audit Reports from 1993 to 2011 on Millennium Development Goals (MDG's), 1994 to 2010 Reports of the Public Bourse Corporation and other Institutions as well as the 1993 to 2000 Reports of the Bank of Ghana foreign Exchange Receipts and Payments.

The documents provided, according to Mr. Agyei Sefa would aid the commission in its work.

Mr. Kwesi Bentsi-Enchil, Chief Valuer in-charge of Compensation Schedule of the Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission, also appeared before the commission and requested to be given up to the 1st week of February , this year to make available the needed documents required by the judgment debt commission.

According to Mr. Bentsi-Enchil, his outfit is still searching and collating information related to the subject matter of the Commission.

The Commission was established by Constitutional Instrument 79 of 2012, which was gazette on October 2012 and has a period of 12 months to submit its report to the presidency.

The commission is expected to ascertain the causes of any inordinate payments made from public funds in satisfaction of judgment debts since the 1992 Constitution came into force, causes of any inordinate payments from public funds and financial losses arising from arbitration awards, negotiated settlements and other processes since the 1992 Constitution came into force and to make recommendation to government.

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