Cassiel Ato Forson charged for causing financial loss to the state

Former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson and two others have been charged for causing €2.37M financial loss to the state.

Ato Forson, a former Chief Director of Ministry of Health; Sylvester Anemana and a businessman; Richard Jakpa are alleged to the cost the state to lose €2.37 million in a deal to acquire 200 ambulances for Ghana between 2014 and 2016.

Richard Jakpa who was the CEO of Jakpa company used his company to present a proposal and term loan to the Ministry of Health to finance the procurement of 200 ambulances.

The proposal was subsequently approved.

The three have been dragged to the Accra High Court by the Attorney-General 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.

The country incurred a $2.4 million loss after 30 ambulances were procured in 2014 by the Ministry of Health, but were later found to be faulty.

With 200 ambulances originally supposed to be purchased, the government suspended the deal after the ones which had been delivered did not meet the required specifications.

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.