Government has vowed to collect every penny that was wrongly paid to anybody, including businessman, Mr. Alfred Agbesi Woyome.
It will also ensure that the state ‘purse’ is saved to ensure judicious spending and from further borrowing.
The Minister of Communications, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah, said this in Accra yesterday, when his ministry took its turn at the Meet-the-Press series.
Flanked by his deputies, Ato Sarpong and Felix Ofosu Kwakye, as well as Presidential Staffer, James Agyenim-Boateng and George Loh, Member of Parliament for North Dayi and member of the Government Communications Team, the Minister said government was determined “to collect a dime wrongfully paid”.
He described as unfortunate, the misinterpretation and twists associated with the Attorney General’s quest to collect the money from Mr. Woyome.
Explaining that “the 51 million was not paid under the guise of President Mahama”, he said it was time people appreciated efforts being made by the government to ensure that the money was refunded to the state.
Dr. Boamah said government had also ensured that those implicated in corruption-related cases were investigated, and some put before court to serve as deterrent to others.
He commended the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mrs. Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, for saving the country colossal amounts of money which would either have gone into the drain, or as cost that could had gone against the state.
He urged journalists to delve more into issues that would better the lives of the people rather than on Woyome’s case.
Dr. Omane Boamah also mentioned a number of corruption related case in the New Patriotic Party era and the efforts the government was making to ensure that those monies were retrieved to the state.
He cited among others, the Drill Ship saga, the Great Cape Company and the Balloon Energy cases and said that was proof of the incorruptible nature of the President who was ensuring that things were done right.
“All these have demonstrated the President’s willingness to fighting corruption and to ensure that the state coffers are safeguarded”, he said.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour