A former Lecturer of the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Dr. Dominic Dagbanja, has refuted claims by the Auditor General that he bolted after successfully completing a scholarship program sponsored by the school.
The Auditor General in its 2019 Report of Audits into the Accounts of Public Boards, Corporations and other Statutory Institutions concluded that the Dr. Dagbanja of GIMPA and other lecturers of the Sunyani, Ho and Cape Coast Technical Universities, were sponsored by their institutions to undertake studies abroad with the unmet promise of returning to serve in the school upon their return.
Per the report, GIMPA spent some GH¢327,800.24 on Dr. Dagbanja’s doctoral studies in New Zealand after which he bolted.
The report recommended that GIMPA recovers the money spent on his studies.
“The GH¢327,800.24 spent on Mr. Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja should be recovered from him or his guarantors in the event that the Institute cannot recover it from him; also, members of staff who have completed their courses of study must report to the Institute to serve their bond period or pay the amount expended on them with interest,” the report said.
But in a rejoinder copied to Citi News, Dr. Dominic Dagbanja described the Audit General’s findings as false, without merit, and injurious to his name and reputation both home and abroad.
He said while it is true that the school sponsored his education outside the country, and he was bound to return to serve in the school after his course, he did not bolt as the report claims.
He said he was in touch with the school to duly pay back the amount in instalments.
He said he has paid over GH₵ 223,000 of the amount so far.
“It is true that I was on study leave with pay to undertake research leading to a PhD in Law in New Zealand and that I have not returned to my post since completion of the PhD. However, at the material times since completion, I have been in touch with GIMPA. The terms of the contract for study leave with pay required me to return to GIMPA upon completion or to pay the amount spent on me if I did not return to post.”
“As my return to post delayed, I wrote to GIMPA about the option of repayment. I have since paid Gh₵223,260.41, leaving a balance of Gh₵104,539.83 which I have been saving to pay in due course. My dealings with GIMPA all this while has been one of reciprocal candour, honesty and good faith. The claim then that public money was spent on me to study and I failed to repay is completely false because it cannot be supported by the record of my interactions and dealings with GIMPA,” he said.