‘Gov’t Excited About SC Judgement On Woyome’

Mr.Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa-Deputy Minister of Education (4)A Deputy Minister of Education, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, says the government is excited about Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling, which ordered a businessman, Alfred Agbesi Woyome, to refund GH¢51.2 million paid him as judgment debt about four years ago.

According to the deputy minister, the ruling vindicated the position of government in the case as it has maintained that the money was wrongfully paid.

“Government is happy with the ruling. That has always been the case of the government, that the money was wrongly paid. The Supreme Court appears to have gone ahead of us, but the ruling is good news,” he said on Wednesday.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday unanimously ordered Mr. Woyome, to refund GH¢51.2 million to the State.

According to the court, the contracts with which he made and received the claim was in contravention of Article 181 (5) of the 1992 Constitution of Ghana, which required such contracts to be laid before and approved by Parliament.

The eleven-member panel was presided over by the Chief Justice, Mrs. Georgina Theodora Wood.

The legal battle to retrieve the money from Mr. Woyome was initiated by former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Martin Amidu, who was sacked by the late President John Evans Atta Mills for going public with the issue.

Meanwhile, the camp of Mr Woyome has hinted that although they respect the ruling of the highest court of the land, they would nonetheless avail themselves of other legal opportunities at their disposal over the matter.

However, the former Okaikoi South Member of Parliament, Nana Akomea, says the court’s decision ordering the embattled businessman to refund the amount is an indictment on the John Mahama-led administration.

He said “the verdict is a victory for the rule of law”.

Nana Akomea added, “Considering the many embarrassments that has bedeviled the Mahama-led administration; the Woyome judgement is another disgrace for government.”

On the contrary, a member of the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC), Eric Ametor Quarmyne, said government has been “overly democratic” in the Woyome case.

He explained that the Attorney General’s Department played an active role in getting this verdict, thus the impression being created that government condoned and connived with Woyome is misplaced.

Ametor Quarmyne promised government’s commitment to remain accountable to the citizenry.

—Source: startmonline.com

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