Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South Constituency, Samuel Atta Akyea has urged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to sue Ecobank over an amount of ȼ82,595 which was “illegally” paid as salaries to cashiers of the bank in 2011.
According to him, payment made to the cashiers of the bank robs the country because those persons were not employees of DVLA.
The Auditor-General report of 2012 disclosed that an amount of ȼ82,595 was paid to staff of The Trust Bank (TTB), which was bought by Ecobank – as salaries for its cashiers who help the DVLA to collect its fees.
As part of the Government of Ghana (GOG) revenue collection agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Trust Bank (TTB), cashiers of the bank were placed at designated collection points of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to receive payments from its clients for services provided.
According to the agreement, no commission shall be paid to the bank for the services. However, contrary to the agreement, management of DVLA paid an amount of ȼ82,595 to TTB cashiers as salaries.
At its sitting to probe into misappropriation and other irregular practices which have caused financial loss to the country, Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) ordered the Acting Chief Executive of DVLA, Noble Appiah to take some measures to retrieve the monies to state coffers.
In his response, Mr. Appiah said though he inherited the situation, he has taken some steps to retrieve the money from Ecobank.
He indicated he has written to officials of the bank on several occasions, but they maintain they are not liable to refund the money.
But speaking on the Joy FM’s Top Story, Mr. Atta Akyea charged the acting Chief Executive to refer the matter to the Attorney-General (A-G) for the bank to be sued.
He said this will cause the bank to return the money owed the Authority with interest.
“If you enjoy illegal money you need to refund”, he said adding if Ecobank is enjoying the assets of TTB, it should be in the position to pay for liabilities as well.
Mr. Atta Akyea said the bank should be made to refund the money because it “is not some kind of impoverish institution”.
He said the Committee has conducted some background information which would be furnished to the public at the appropriate time.