Posted: Friday 9th May 2014 at 15:42 pm

Prison officer paid compensation for wrongful dismissal


The Judgement Debt Commission was on Wednesday told of how a prison officer, Mr Alfred Awusi, who was wrongfully dismissed from the Ghana Prison Service (GPS) in 1989, was paid GH¢5, 470 compensation in 2007.

Narrating the incident, the Managing Partner of Hayibor, Danso and Co Chambers, Mr Charles Hayibor, said Mr Awusi was wrongfully accused of flogging a prisoner in Sunyani and subsequently dismissed from the service.

He said Mr Awusi took the case to court, and the court gave a judgement that he had been transferred to Nsawam at the time he was accused of flogging the prisoner.

The court, therefore, directed the GPS to pay Mr Awusi the compensation of GH¢5,470, which was complied with in 2007.

Mr Hayibor said the court asked the GPS to reinstate Mr Awusi.

However, he said, the GPS wrote to the court that Mr Awusi could not be reinstated because of some conditions. Road compensation

The Chief Valuer of the Ghana Highways Authority, Mr Kofi Archer-Kwajan, also told the commission that 1,700 people in 67 towns and villages, who were affected by the Tarkwa-Bogoso-Ayanfuri road project, were paid compensation of 7,210,676. 

He said 98 per cent of the affected people had been compensated, and indicated that the remaining two per cent might not have received the information for the payment of compensation. Ghana Telecom

When he took his turn, an associate member of Lexcom Chambers, Mr Kwabena Sarfo Mensah, told the commission that his firm only provided legal service on some specific areas to Ghana Telecom.

He said the firm did not play any role in the Ghana Telecom and Telecom Malaysia transaction.

Therefore, Mr Mensah said, his firm did not have any information on the project.

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