- Joshua Alabi has been directed to refund an amount of Ghs300,000 he paid a private legal firm with no work done
- The firm is Lithur Brew and Company
- Alabi was NDC’s campaign manager in the 2020 polls
The Auditor-General has ordered the former Rector of the University for Professional Studies (UPSA), Professor Joshua Alabi, to reimburse an amount of Ghs300,000 he paid to private legal firm Lithur Brew and Company as legal fees.
According to the Auditor-General’s audited report of Public Boards, corporations, and other statutory institutions, Alabi, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign manager in the 2020 general election supervised the payment of the said amount to the legal firm co-owned by former President John Dramani Mahama’s lawyer, Tony Lithur for “no work done.”
An amount of ¢2,302,369.67 was released to some officers of UPSA to transact official business on behalf of the University, but only ¢353,279.43 was accounted for.
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The report said a difference of ¢1,949,090.24 was not accounted for, although the activities for which the funds were released were conducted long ago.
Management of UPSA signed a retainer agreement dated March 16, 2014, and paid an amount of ¢263,670 to the law firm co-owned by the lawyer for former President Mahama.
The firm was paid a retainer fee but there was no evidence it provided any legal services to the University.
The Auditor-General, therefore, recommended that Alabi and Lithur Brew and company should be made to refund the amount with an interest at the prevailing Bank of Ghana interest rate.
In other news, Osei Kyei-Mensa-Bonsu disclosed that secretary to President Akufo-Addo, Nana Asante Bediatuo unilaterally wrote the letter slashing the budget estimates for the legislature and the Judiciary.
“…On account of what had been happening earlier, the Secretary wrote the letter,” the Majority Leader told Joy News.
The Speaker of Parliament, Alban Bagbin, had threatened not to send the appropriation bill to the president for his assent when passed if discussions are not done to find a common ground over the decision by the presidency to reduce the budget of Legislature and the Judiciary.
There has been a Ghs77million and over Ghs119million slash in the estimates presented by the Judiciary and Judicial Service and the Legislator respectively.
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Source: Yen Newspaper