The Controller and Accountant General, Eugene Ofosuhene has confirmed that businessman Alfred Agbsei Woyome has paid ¢4.6 million of the debt owed the State.
The revelation was made at Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee sitting where the 2016 Auditor General’s report on the Consolidated Fund was scrutinised.
Members of Parliament (MPs) on the Committee wanted to know the progress made so far in the collection of the ¢51.2 million debt the national Democratic Congress financier owes the State.
They also questioned why the progress of the payment was not captured in the report.
Mr Ofosuhene admitted that the payment was not captured but explained that “we have a letter from the Auditor General’s office to support the payment. Paragraph 4 of the letter dated March 8, 2018, states ‘kindly find below a computation of payments made by Mr Woyome based on the terms of settlement and the proceeds from the garnisheed’.
“Monies collected or recovered from the garnisheed order ¢167,565.62 and monies paid as a result of settlement is ¢4.5 million so the two sum up to the ¢4.667.566.62 million,” Mr Ofosuhene read to the Committee.
But the MPs were unimpressed with the progress made with the repayment of the debt.
In his response to steps being taken to ensure the full amount is recovered, Mr Ofosuhene said a court’s ruling on the issue came with specific settlement terms and his office will contact the Attorney General’s office for details and pursue it.
Alfred Woyome was paid ¢51 million for helping Ghana raise funds to construct stadia for purposes of hosting the CAN 2008 Nations Cup.
However, an Auditor General’s report released in 2010 said the amount was paid illegally to the NDC financier.
The report triggered nationwide controversy with critics accusing government of misappropriating funds. Officials of the New Patriotic Party who were in government during the CAN 2008 tournament said Woyome did no work to be paid that whopping sum of money.
The then Attorney General Joe Ghartey said Woyome was contracted to help in raising money for the construction works but he failed to meet the deadline.