€2.37m Financial Loss: ‘I won’t be distracted by state machinations’ – Ato Forson

Source The Ghana Report

A former Deputy Finance Minister, Cassiel Ato Forson, says he remains resolute despite accusations of causing financial loss to the state.

Mr Forson and two others have been dragged to an Accra High Court for allegedly causing the state to lose €2.37 million in a deal to purchase some 200 ambulances for the country between 2014 and 2016.

Mr Forson, who is also the Ajumako Enyan Esiam MP, is in court with Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director of the Ministry of Health and Richard Jakpa, a businessman.

They have since been slapped with 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.

But reacting to the said charges, Mr Forson said he wouldn’t be distracted from discharging his lawful duties due to the suit.

He urged the public to remain calm.

“My attention has been drawn to the widely circulated stories suggesting that the Akufo-Addo government has brought criminal charges against me.

“I urge all right-thinking members of our society to remain calm and note that I shall not be distracted by the machinations of the state just because I stand with the good people of Ghana to oppose the repressive policies of this government!”

He is expected to address the press later today, Friday 24 December, on the matter.

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