At least an amount of GHC 283 million has been paid by the Akufo-Addo-led administration as judgment debt since January 2017.

This was disclosed by the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta in response to a question filed by MP for Mion, Abdul Aziz Mohammed.

Giving a detailed account on the development, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta said government has resolved to renegotiate these debts to protect the public purse.

“Government continues to pay several millions of cedis in judgement debt to individuals and companies for contracts. In January 2017, the outstanding judgment debt we came to meet totals over GHC 282 million.

“Government’s approach is to renegotiate these judgement debts and ensure that we make as much savings as possible and continue to protect the public purse.”

He noted that the payment of judgment debt is a cost to the tax payer and as a result the government has decided to minimize cost as much as possible by strengthening the attorney general’s department.