- Government claims to have paid the amount but family says no cash
- Spokesperson for the family says it is only a photo of a cheque that was sent to them
The government of Ghana says it has issued a cheque of GHc410.389 in payment of a judgement debt to a former headmaster of Ghana Senior High School (GHANASCO). However the recipient, Mr Lionel Mahama is deceased.
As a result, the family of the late headmaster will be paid the money. But despite the issuance of the cheque, the family of Mr. Mahama claims the money is yet to hit their account.
A member of the family, Madam Daina Awuni said in an interview with Daily Graphic that, it was only a photo of the cheque that was shown to her. She said the photo came from the Northern Regional directorate of education.
In April of 2013, a Tamale High Court ruled in favour of Mr. Mahama in a case against the governement. The deceased had taken the Ghana Education Service (GES) to court, citing wrongful termination and unjust treatment.
Government however, failed to comply with the directives of the court. The GES was ordered to pay all arrears owed to Mr. Mahama who was then alive. The amount then was GHc200,000.
The failure of government to abide by the law moved the court to order the confiscation of two Nissan Patrol vehicles belonging to the GES. It was not until the national budget of 2018 that the money was captured as judgement debt.
When the buses were ceased, school authorities had to hire vehicles for activities that required them. This obviously affected the administration of the school.
The family of the late Mr Mahama threatened to auction the buses and thus government responded. But they still await payment of their money.
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