Auditor-General blocks salaries of some heads of state institutions

Auditor-General blocks salaries of some heads of state institutions

- Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo has refused to pay salaries of some heads of public institutions who delayed in responding to observations contained in audit reports

- According to Mr. Domelevo, those who refused to respond to the observations on time, are those who embezzled funds from the state

The Auditor-General’s office has frozen the salaries of some directors of state institutions who delayed in responding to observations contained in audit reports.

Their salaries were frozen after some of them failed to respond to the audit observations despite being given a 30-day ultimatum to do so.

This was revealed by the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo in an interview with Accra-based Citi FM.

Auditor-General blocks salaries of some head of state institutions

Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo
Source: UGC

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According to him, those who refused to respond to the observations on time, are those who embezzled funds from the state.

He, however, refused to publicly name the officials whose salaries have been frozen, adding that the move has led to heads of public institutions responding to the observations faster than they previously did.

Mr. Domelovo said he will continue to pursue those heads who have superintended over corrupt practices and embezzlement of funds.

It falls within our mandate to stop the salary if you fail to respond to us within the 30 days and I am disallowing some from getting their salaries,” the Auditor-General said.

Now my staff tell me that people respond very quickly. They say over the past two years people’s attitude have changed, because they know the consequences.

He added that his office is currently collaborating with the Special Prosecutor to take on persons believed to have defrauded the state.

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He said it is mind-boggling that most public officials spend state monies but are unable to provide documentation on their expenditures.

“It is mind-boggling that somebody spends money, you ask him for documentation on it, he or she doesn’t have it, but three to four years down the line, all of a sudden they have documents. They are definitely document which have been falsified,” Mr. Domelevo noted.

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