President John Mahama has lavished praise on the attorney general, Marietta Brew Appiah-Oppong, describing her as a hero.
Taking his turn at the Ghana Presidential Encounters 2016 organised by the Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GBC) in Accra on Wednesday, President Mahama said the AG had saved Ghana almost $1 billion dollars in judgement debt claims.
Stressing that Madam Appiah-Oppong deserved a national award, the president said she fought several fraudulent judgement debt claims and won, saving the country that crucial amount.
He said many people connived with government officials in claiming millions of cedis from the government but the AG stopped them in their tracks.
President Mahama also denied claims that he had ordered the AG to withdraw an application which sought to conduct an oral examination of businessman Alfred Agbesi Woyome over his GH¢51 million debt to the nation.
According to him, Woyome presented the AG with a terms of settlement, prompting the AG to withdraw the application in order to study the agreement.
The president said the AG had planned to re-file the application if she did not reach a deal with Woyome.
The president urged patience on the part of Ghanaians, stressing that Madam Appiah-Oppong was committed to retrieving the Woyome cash.
Meanwhile, former attorney general, Martin Amidu, on Wednesday, won a Supreme Court ruling to conduct an oral examination of Woyome.
The development prompted Woyome to lash out angrily and accuse the Supreme Court of persecuting him.