Nana Addo, Gloria Akufo Commended…

The Judgment Debt Commission last Wednesday heard how former Attorney-General Nana Akufo-Addo and his Deputy Glo­ria Akufo worked to prevent the pay­ment of huge sums of money to Construction Pioneers (CP).

David Kwabena Ofosu-Dorte, Senior Partner of Gen­eral Law Consult, now AB & David Law, whose firm was engaged as consultants by the Attorney General, gave mind-blowing testimony about how Ghana came to owe Construction Pioneers, popularly called CP, so much.

The Commission of Enquiry was appointed by Presi­dent John Dramani Mahama after public uproar over the payments of inordinate payments termed as judge­ment debts.

Notable among them were payments made to CP (€ 94 million) and the never-ending case of GHc 51.2 million parted to the National Democratic Congress (NDC) financier, Alfred Agbesi Woyome.

Mr. Ofosu-Dorte told Sole-Commissioner Jus­tice Yaw Apau of the Court of Appeal that then Attorney-General Nana Akufo-Addo and his Deputy Gloria Akufo must be commended for doing their best to ensure that CP did not short­change Ghana in the arbi­tration process.

James Quarshie Factor

He specifically men­tioned Mr. James Quarshie, a director of special duties at the Min­istry of Finance who, he said, frequently interfered in the CP case, adding, “He operated outside the AG’s office and managed to frustrate the process.

“Ms Gloria Akufo is one minister worth com­mending. She went to court on the basis of the fact that the MoU the government had signed with CP had said that the matters should be held before a court in Ghana. Secondly, together with Nana Akufo-Addo, they were pursuing parallel negotiations with CP and that went far.

“To the best of my rec­ollection, at some point, settlement was done at a figure that I cannot recall, but it was definitely sev­eral times less than I have heard in public was paid. The reason why I say so was that that settlement included the CP’s admis­sion of the set offs.

“Professionally, I think the AG’s office, if there was any job they did well, then it was this CP case. They were doing a very good job but I am aware that James Quarshie made their work almost impossible,” Mr. Ofosu- Dorte underscored.