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Ato Forson’s trial: Ambulances were made to suit govt’s requirements – Jakpa

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Richard Jakpa, the third defendant in the ambulance procurement trial, has stressed that the ambulances were custom-built to meet the government’s requirements.

He stated that Big Sea Limited, the company tasked with delivering the ambulances, ensured that every detail of the vehicles was tailored to the government’s exact specifications.

Mr Jakpa highlighted that Big Sea Limited made significant efforts to comply with the government’s specifications, ensuring that the ambulances were fully equipped with medical equipment, state-of-the-art communication systems, and enhanced safety features to effectively serve the healthcare system’s needs.

But he said the government’s failure to clear the ambulances upon delivery led to significant financial losses for Big Sea Limited.

He contended that the government’s delays and lack of support imposed an undue burden on the company, which had already invested heavily in meeting the stringent specifications.

Mr Jakpa indicated that the government’s inaction should not eclipse the company’s dedication to delivering high-quality, custom-made ambulances.

He also addressed allegations of financial misconduct, specifically denying claims that he received 50% of the contract sum.

Mr Jakpa categorically stated that these accusations were baseless and distracted from the real issue: the government’s failure to meet its contractual obligations.

He insisted that the focus should remain on ensuring accountability and addressing the logistical issues that have hindered the successful deployment of the ambulances.

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