A government white paper has showed that Ghana's state institutions are currently battling over 536 judgement debts cases in court - a disturbing situation which has convulsed government to order all state institutions to furnish the judgement debt commission with the appropriate briefs on the cases.
Investigations conducted do show that the state institutions battling with the payment of these debts are precisely ministries, departments and agencies. Meanwhile all Metropolitan District Assemblies (MDA's) have up to six months after the publication of the White Paper to give revert to the Attorney General over institutional and official measures taken so far concerning the cases.
The judgment debt Commission provided government with a list of a number of cases against MDAs and State institutions covering cases actually initiated against them in the courts from the inception of constitutional rule in 1992 to date.
All affected institutions and the number of cases against them have been reproduced below:
1. Ministry of Education (and subsidiary agencies)-- 3 casesa. Ghana Education Service----9 casesb. Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences----3 casesc. Ghana Library Authority----2 casesd. National Service Scheme Secretariat----1 casee. Non-Formal Education Division-----3 casesf. GETFund Secretariat * 2,903 clients (The Commission found that GETFund’s creditors were 2,903. These are not necessarily cases pending in court, cases already determined or judgment debts not yet paid.)g. Ghana Book Development Council---1 caseh. Council for Technical and Vocational Education and Training----1 case2. Ministry of Justice and Attorney-General----1 case3. Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development----2 cases4. Ghana Police Service---7 cases5. Bureau of National Investigations----3 cases6. Ghana Prisons Service----4 cases7. Ghana Armed Forces----7 cases8. Ghana National Fire Service---3 cases9. Controller and Accountant-General’s Department---7 cases10. Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning---52 cases11. Ministry of Health----3 cases12. Ministry of Agriculture ----12 cases13. Land Valuation Division of the Lands Commission & The LandsCommission------412 cases