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Dr. Sawyerr dues gov't; wants forensic audit report quashed

Written by  Oct 09, 2018
A former Board Member of the Ghana Gas Company, Dr, Valerie Sawyerr has initiated a legal action against government in the bid to get the Forensic Audit report by the Caninet Committee quashed. The suit at the High Court described the report its findings as a breach of the rules of natural justice and her right to administrative justice. She is therefore seeking “A declaration that the Audit Report completed and submitted to the 2nd Respondent was made in breach of the rule of natural justice, audi alteram partem. A declaration that the Audit Report which implicated me, as a former board member of Ghana National Gas Company Limited, was done in breach of my right to administrative justice and my right to a fair hearing.” “A declaration that the Audit Report which implicated me, as a former board member of the Ghana National Gas Company Limited, contravenes Article 23 of the 1992 Constitution.” The former Chief of Staff wants the court to quash the report, its findings, observations and recommendations. Her writ added: “An order of Certiorari bringing up into this Court for purposes of being quashed and quashing the Audit Report which was completed and submitted to the 2nd Respondent, and which implicated me as a former board member of Ghana National Gas Company Limited.’’ Valerie Sawyerr also wants the court to restrain the security agencies involved in the case to stop inviting her for questioning since to her such invitations are a form of “harassment.” “An order of injunction restraining 2nd and 3rd respondents from going ahead to invite me as a subject of interest into investigation of allegations of procurement infractions at Ghana National Gas Company when the Audit Report has been completed and submitted to the 2nd Respondent without me being given a hearing. The report based on which the former appointee of NDC has sued government was released few weeks ago. The report alleged that that helicopters purchased from China Aero Technology Import and Export Corporation were never used for the purpose for which they were purchased. The report also alleges that equipment for the helicopters were never delivered even though they were part of the initial contract price, including initial training cost that was not utilised for the intended purpose. Per the findings of the Cabinet Committee, the situation came as a result from inflated contract sums, non-performance, non-enforcement and breach of contracts, and caused the State over $60 million dollars in financial loss.

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