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General News of Wednesday, 8 June 2016


Prosecute officials over GHC15.5m payment to Foto-X – MP to A-G

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Bekwai Constituency in the Ashanti Region has urged the Attorney-General to prosecute public officials responsible for the payment of 15.5 million cedis to Foto-X.

Joseph Osei Owusu said those officials have caused the state to lose more money because they overlooked the contract sum as captured in the contractual agreement to illegally give the company more than it is due.

The MP’s comment comes in the wake of raging controversy surrounding the geometric changes in the contract sum between Foto-X and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) which was changed from 3.6 million cedis to 9.9 million cedis.

The DVLA entered an agreement with Foto-X in 2006 for the procurement of equipment and establishment of 22 licensing centres across the country. The contract was worth 2.72 million dollars and was to span for a period of six years.

It was renewed in 2012; however, the sum sporadically rose to 9.9 million dollars causing generating concerns. This resulted in an investigation conducted by the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).

In its report, EOCO recommended the prosecution of Foto-X on the charge of fraud.

However, the Chief Executive of the company, Dr Ian Kluvitse has described the recommendation as laughable; charging the money the company received from the vehicle licensing body was legal.

Reacting to the issue on Joy News, Mr Owusu who is a former boss of DVLA said the company should be held responsible for the additional money paid to it.

He said what baffled him about the whole incident was the manner public officials “overlooked those stated reasons, overlooked the contractual obligations and paid extra money that is causing financial loss to the state.”

Mr Owusu fumed saying “We are allowing too much fraud against the state to go and [we] pretend as though nothing has happened.”