JUDGMENT DEBT: A-G AFFIRMS PREZ AKUFO-ADDO’S GH10 TRILLION SAVINGS

The Attorney-General (A-G) and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, have affirmed President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s statement that the government has saved the country GH¢10 trillion in judgment debt. The Attorney-General presented court documents showing various judgment debts against the state which had either been set aside by the courts or thrown out by arbitration tribunals
following legal actions by his outfit.
According to Mr. Yeboah Dame, the President was even magnanimous with his assertion, as evidence on record, including court rulings, clearly showed that the money saved to the state in judgment debts during his tenure as Attorney-General was in excess of GH¢14 trillion. He explained that the GH¢10 trillion is an understatement since the government has made more savings.

The proper reckoning of how much has been saved actually shows that this government has saved the state more than GH¢14 trillion in judgment debts since 2020. He made this known during a media interaction yesterday.

During the State of the Nation Address (SONA) last Tuesday, President Akufo-Addo lauded the Attorney-General for working efficiently and in an effective manner to save the state GH¢10 trillion in judgment debts.
The claim by the president raised many eyebrows and elicited criticism, with many people accusing him of exaggerating the figures.
Some were of the view that the whole economy of the country was not even up to GH¢10 trillion for the government to have claimed to have saved that money.
However, the A-G said the fact that the country did not have such money in its coffers was not a basis for people not to make huge claims against it.

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