Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu has accused a former deputy finance minister, Dr Cassiel Ato Forson, of breaching the contractual agreement to supply ambulances to the ministry.
The minister, who was testifying in chief in a trial in which Dr Cassiel Ato Forson and two others were on trial for causing financial loss to the state under an ambulance contract, said the defendant had “charged” the Bank of Ghana. to establish a letter of credit for an amount greater than 3 million euros in favor of Big Sea.
The practice, according to the witness led by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, was contrary to the contractual agreement.
He explained that the contract stipulated that payment should not be made until the vehicles were delivered.
Dr Forson, who is also a National Democratic Congressman for Ajumako-Enyan-Esiam and a member of the parliament’s finance committee, is on trial with Sylvester Anemana, former chief director of the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa. , a businessman, for allegedly causing a financial loss of 2.37 million euros to the state in a deal to buy 200 ambulances for the country between 2014 and 2016.
They, however, pleaded not guilty to five counts of willfully causing financial loss to the state, incitement to willfully causing financial loss to the state, breach of public procurement law and intentional misuse of public property.
Letter of credit
This is the case of the accusation that Dr Forson, by writing to the BoG for letters of credit of 3.95 million euros for the supply of 50 ambulances in favor of Big Sea, he contributed to cause losses financial to the State since the ambulances purchased for the State were not suitable.
The Minister of Health testified that after the signing of the contract for the purchase of the ambulances, letters of credit had to be drawn up to trigger the execution.
However, due to delays, the minister told the court that Big Sea had sent a notice of intent to sue the state to the Office of the Attorney General and Minister of Justice and the Minister of Health.
The Minister further testified that at the time, the Department of Health stated in its response that it was unable to perform the contract because parliamentary approval of the funding agreement indicated that the source of Funding is expected to come from Stanbic Bank, adding: “As at the time, the Ministry has not been made aware of any credit agreement between the Ministry of Health and Stanbic Bank.”
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