A report from the Auditor General in 2012 revealed that ȼ82,595 was paid to staff of The Trust Bank, owned by Ecobank - as salaries for its cashiers who help the DVLA to collect its fees.
Samuel Atta Akyea Member of Parliament for Abuakwa South in the Eastern Region has encouraged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to take Ecobank to court over the said amount of ȼ82,595 that has been illegally paid as remuneration to staff of the bank in 2011.
The MP told Joy FM the country has been robbed because persons from the bank were not DVLA employees.
As part of the Government of Ghana revenue collection agreement between the Ministry of Finance and The Trust Bank , cashiers of the bank were placed at designated collection points of the Ministries, Departments and Agencies to receive payments from its clients for services provided.
Contrary to the agreement, management of DVLA paid an amount of ȼ82,595 to TTB cashiers as salaries even though an agreement was made that no commission should be paid for any services rendered.
Further investigations revealed that misappropriation and other irregular practices which have caused financial loss to the country, Public Accounts Committee of Parliament ordered the Acting Chief Executive of DVLA, Noble Appiah to take some measures to retrieve the monies to state coffers.
A statement from Appiah mentioned that though he is aware of the circumstance, he has taken some steps to retrieve the money from Ecobank, but all efforts proved futile.
Atta Akyea has since charged the acting Chief Executive to refer the matter to the Attorney General for the bank to be sued, he told Accra based Joy Fm.
He added 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.
Atta Akyea had stressed the bank should pay the money because it “is not some kind of impoverish institution”.