President John Mahama believes that the Attorney General, Marrieta Brew Appiah Oppong must be decorated with national honours for her phenomenal job in saving the country of huge judgement debt.
According to him, it will be in order to celeberate the legal counsel of the Ghana government for saving the country a total of nearly a billion dollars in judgment debt, as captured in the Corruption and Judgement debt section of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) Green Book which catlogues the government’s achievement.
The Attorney General and the Mahama-led adminsitration has come under heavy flak by a section of the public after it failed to retrive GH¢51.2 million judgment debt wrongfully paid to self acclaimed financier of the NDC, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, two years after the Supreme Court ordered the state to retrieve the money.
The Supreme Court on Wednesday, November 16, granted the application by former Attorney General Martin Amidu to examine Mr. Woyome on how he utilized the GH¢51.2 million judgment debt paid him by the state.
The Supreme Court presided by Justice Anim Yeboah ordered that Mr. Woyome appears in Court on oath on Thursday, November 24, 2016 to be examined by Mr. Amidu.
But taking his turn on GTV’s Presidential Encounter Wednesday night, President Mahama emphasized that the AG has done tremedously well and needs to be parted on the back.
“I think the Attorney General has done a phenomenal job. I mean if you look at the amount of money she’s saved us from judgment debt, you know…that lady deserves a national honour. I’m sure that if anybody read the Green Book, there’s a section on corruption and judgment debt, I mean she’s saved this country nearly a billion dollars by fighting and contesting every case.”
He added: “I give her a directve when I became President that every judgment debt case you fight it, and so she’s fought it. There were a lot of fraudulent cases, people connive with government officials…taking documents and hiding them, refiling for compensation, suing government in court and false contracts. I set up a commission to investigate that, and you should read the Commission report. It is a very sorrry state of affairs but luckily we’ve cleaned up. You come and make a claim against government, we are not going to sit and have a default judgment…the Attorney General will not go to court, now they go to court and they fight you. And in a lot of cases we find that it’s some people who have connived to try and rip government off.”