Ato Forson, 2 others charged in botched €2.37M ambulance deal
A former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson, and two others have been charged are being dragged to court for allegedly causing financial loss to the state to a tune of €2.37 million.
The other two are Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director at the Ministry of Health and a businessman, Richard Jakpa.
The sum involved was reportedly lost in a deal to purchase 200 ambulances for the country between 2014 and 2016, after 30 of the ambulances were found to be faulty.
Government subsequently suspended the deal following this development.
Richard Jakpa allegedly used his company, Jakpa at Business, to present a proposal and term loan to the Ministry of Health to finance the supply of 200 ambulances to government.
Subsequently, cabinet endorsed an executive approval for the project, according to the Attorney General.
The three have been dragged to the Accra High Court by the AG on five counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the state, abetment to wilfully cause financial loss to the state, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, and intentionally misapplying public property.
Mr. Forson had earlier stated that the Finance Ministry at the time only “issued at sight letters of credit” on behalf of the Health Ministry after they had put in a request.
“The Ministry of Finance also instructed the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to pay for the bank charges accrued to the Bank of Ghana as a result of the issuance of letters of credit on behalf of the Ministry of Health,” Mr. Forson said.