The president gave the assurance when he presented his policy statement, Tuesday tabling his plans to run “a transparent and accountable government devoid of corruption.”
Mr. Mahama, who spoke on a wide range of issues, said he was ‘absolutely committed’ to addressing aberrations in the nation’s systems of payments and had consequently instructed the Minister for Justice and Attorney-General to take the following actions immediately:
“Ensure that all monies paid to persons and institutions who do not deserve them are retrieved through all legal means at the disposal of the State;
“Create channels for all those with genuine cases for redress, in situations where they have dealt with government as a business partner, to be able to petition government;
“…Appoint a Sole Commissioner to thoroughly examine the judgment debt and negotiated settlements conundrum and recommend for immediate implementation, legislative and systems remediation…“
He charged the Finance Ministry and the Attorney-General’s Department to continue improving on both preventive and defensive methods for insulating government against losses, including judgment debts.
“I am directing the Attorney-General to ensure that no payments on account of judgment debts above a certain amount are made without clearance from me,” the president maintained.