Isofoton saga: Gov’t paid over $500,000 for expert advice it didn't use- Kweku Baako
The professional group that comprised auditors, lawyers and accountants was commissioned in August 2010 and charged to investigate the judgment debt claim against the government by Spanish company Isofoton SA.
According to Kweku Baako, the final report presented by the group on 1st November, 2010 concluded that, Isofoton S.A. had no case. This final statement was however rendered inconsequential as the government had already entered a consent judgment with Isofoton on 29th September, 2010.
According to Kweku Baako, this report was one of the many documents that the government had not initially put out publicly when it sought to facilitate the probing of this judgement debt claim.
Kweku Baako criticized the selective manner in which the government put out documentation on the case describing it as restrictive, leading only to partisan discussion of the issue.
In response to Kweku Baako's argument, Felix Kwakye Ofosu, a member of the government communication team, pointed out that former Attorney-General Martin Amidu employed the said group's report, attaching a summary of it as evidence as part of his defense, when the case was taken to court.
He said that indeed there was nothing wrong with the government's subsequent refusal of the advice of any appointed group especially, if it was in the interest of the state.