Mahama Must Implement Sole Commissioner’s Report – GII

The Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) has charged the President to implement the recommendations which will be submitted to him by the Judgement Debt Commission in December. According to the GII, the setting up of the commission by the President is laudable but the action that follows should be the concern for all. The Commission on Thursday brought its two-year investigation into the payment of judgement debts in the country to an end. The Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Apau, who was sworn in by the President, John Mahama in 2012 was charged to thoroughly investigate judgment debts, procedures for negotiations, contracts, execution, monitoring and resolve disputes as well. Since his public sittings are over, Justice Apau is to make recommendations to the President on how prevent unnecessary judgement debt payments to individuals and companies to save the nation money. The Acting Programmes Director at the GII, Mary Addah on Eyewitness News commended the commission for undertaking its duties openly and diligently despite the many constraints it encountered. It also described the public sittings as “transparent.” The GII further commended the media for the continuous reportage given on the operations of the Commission. “It is commendable to say that this process was transparent and the media made it possible,” she said. Mary Addah however remarked that it is the expectation of every Ghanaian that the recommendations of this commission “are treated differently from reports that have emanated in the past. “What we want to see is how differently they will approach the process and we believe the Commission has done a good job and so we will see action coming out of it because this was a judge sitting in the process,” she added. She however urged Ghanaians not to worry over the inability of the likes of businessman Alfred Woyome and Betty Mould Iddrisu to appear before the Commission because according to her, the judgment debt cases involving such persons were before the law courts.