The 2021 Auditor-General’s report on MDAs has revealed that the Judicial Service in 2021 auctioned some 19 official vehicles to some Judges without approval from the finance ministry.
“Our examination of records of the Transport Unit for 2021 revealed that
19 official vehicles were auctioned by the Service for GH¢1,023,507.96 without approval from the Minister of Finance” paragraph 739 of the report stated.
Details of the unlawful sale as captured by the report are as follows:
- H/L Justice F. G. Korbieh Toyota Land Cruiser GR 8132-17 GHC57,975.00
- H/L Justice N. S. Gbadegbe Toyota Land Cruiser GR 4158-17 GHC67,047.00
- H/L Justice N. S. Gbadegbe Toyota Avalon Saloon GR 2777-14 GHC27,570.90
- H/W Charles Y. Boateng Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 8311-13 GHC9,090.00
- H/L Justice Julius Ansah Toyota Land Cruiser GR 4128-17 GHC75,643.00
- H/L Justice Julius Ansah Toyota Avalon Saloon GT 2774-14 GHC40,920.06
- H/L Justice Asmah K. Asiedu Toyota Corolla Saloon GN 4997-13 GHC8,399.00
- Robert Cudjoe Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 9231-13 GHC12,687.00
- H/L Justice Lawrence L
Mensah Toyota Land Cruiser GR 1902-17 GHC67,192.00
- H/L Barbara W. Acquah Toyota FortunerStation Wagon GN 57-18 GHC92,914.00
- H/L Thomas Ofedie
Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 6826-13 GHC7,509.00
- H/L Justice Jennifer A Tagoe Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 75-18 GHC87,887.00
- H/L Justice E. K. Mensah
Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 30-18 GHC59,000.00
- H/L Justice N. C. Agbevor Toyota Land Cruiser GT 796-19 GHC123,620.00
- H/L Elizabeth Ankumah Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 39-18 GHC107,271.00
- H/L Justice Yaw Appau Toyota Land Cruiser
200 (v8) GR 6590-17 GHC 56,606.00
- H/L Justice Yaw Appau Toyota Avalon saloon GT 2945-14 GHC48,632.00
- H/L Justice Jacob B. Boon Toyota Avensis GM 517-15 GHC13,100.00
- H/L Justice Nathaniel Osam Toyota Fortuner SUV GT 49-18 GHC60,445.00
The Auditor General is therefore recommending that the auction should be nullified, and the vehicles recovered.
The 2021 Auditor General’s report disclosed that the state lost some GH¢1,080,913,824 to various irregularities in the Ministry’s Departments and Agencies.
The irregularities according to the report “represent either losses that had been incurred by the State through the impropriety or lack of probity in the actions and decisions of public officers or on the other hand, the savings that could have been made, if public officials and Institutions had duly observed the public financial management framework put in place to guide their conduct and also safeguard national assets and resources”.