Auditor General cracks the whip on asset declarations

Auditor General cracks the whip on asset declarations

- The Auditor General has stated that all public servants earning GHC3,727 or more will now have to declare their assets

- He says the move is to ensure the ill-gotten gains of public servants

- He says asset declarations are not limited to political appointees

Ghana's Auditor General, Mr. Daniel Damelevo, has stated that all public servants earning more than GHC3,727 will be required to declare all their assets while speaking at the 2018 Accountability Week celebration.

Speaking at the event, Mr. Damelevo expressed that the move to enforce the Act is to make sure that ill-gotten gains of public servants are checked.

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Mr. Damelevo's revelation comes on the heels of the 2017 Global Corruption Index (CPI) publication, which saw Ghana drop to it's lowest position since the year 2012.

The Auditor General expressed that public servants are duty-bound to obey the law, while the auditor's responsibility is to make sure that state funds are not misappropriated.

"We are very much aware that for we who check others, need to check ourselves," he said.

Breaking down the piece of legislation that backs the asset declarations, Mr. Damelevo explained that contrary to the believe that asset declarations are only for political appointees, Act 550 actually requires that all public officers make asset declarations.

He revealed that any officer in public service whose is equal too, or higher than that of a Civil Service Director must declare their assets. This, he said, means anyone with a salary equal to or more than GHC3,727 a month will have comply with the law.

Mr. Damelevo also had a stern warning for those working for, and said that anyone who's found to have demanded or received a bribe will be dealt with according to Section 33 of Act 584.

He added that those who are found guilty of having attempting to bribe or outright bribing his officer will also face the law once they're caught.

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Source: Yen.com.gh

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