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THE MINISTRY of Finance and Economic Planning (MoFEP) has confirmed the payment of GH˘151,000.000 as judgment debt to one Florence Tamakloe, a Police officer, but could not provide the basis for which the payment was made. The director in-charge of external resource mobilization, (Bilaterals), Kwadwo Awuah Peasah made this known to the judgment debt commission when he appeared to explain to the commission circumstances surrounding the said payment to Florence Tamakloe and others. Asked by counsel of the commission, Kofi Dometi Sokpor, to tell the commission the basis for which the amount was paid, he said Ghana police was indebted to her and do not have the exact basis to tell the commission. She said, “I think because the legal officer was asked to compile the list he took them from various sources, so, on the file I don’t have the cases as presented by the Attorney General.” “My Lord, once again going through the files, I realized that in 2006, December to be precise, the bigger office was made to compile all outstanding claims pending at that time and out of the compilation came this name, Florence Tamakloe and four others.” He added that, after the compilation, “the legal counsel wrote to the chief director for approval for this amount owed various claimants to be paid and so one letter was actually done to cover 13 claimants.” Mr. Peasah noted that the letter was a “memo done by the legal counsel and if you look at the memo very well, you will realise that it was also based on the judgment because when you look at the table and the column where we have, Florence Tamakloe, the amount has been stated as ˘151m and date of judgment is December, 2002.” The commission, however, said the Attorney General’s department has been subpoenaed to come and apprise the commission about the case. The director of external resource mobilization also confirmed to the commission the payment of GHc110, 000.00 as debt to one Nana Kwame Bediako, but could as well not provide enough information on the basis of the case. The commission, however, told him that the Ministry of Roads and Highways has briefed the commission about the said case. Also appearing before the commission was the regional lands officer of Ho, Gershun Quamie Tsra in respect of a compensation of ˘774, 283,217 in the year, 2000, for the Wusuta resettlement. He told the commission that though they were not aware till they received the subpoena, records they have showed that crop valuation was approved for two communities and that the first community involved 152 claimants and an amount of ˘370, 482, 7171 was valued while the second community, 403, 800, 500 was valued for 190 claimants making the total of c774, 283, 217. Meanwhile, records available to the commission indicated that, out of the total sum Stephen Amponsah collected, an amount of c625, 318, 606, on behalf of others, but Mr. Tsra was of the view that the money might have been paid to the lawyer of the said Amponsah who represented them. On their part, the Bank of Ghana who also appeared before the commission to apprise the commission on outstanding pending cases of service rendered to them said, but for only one pending case pending in court by a former staff for wrongful dismissal, they had no such claims. The land valuation requested for three weeks period to furnish the commission with their documents. Proceedings of the commission stand adjourned to today.