Auditor-General says all indicted public officials be punished

Auditor-General says all indicted public officials be punished

-The Auditor General has called for the immediate prosecution of all MMDAs indicted for financial and legal infractions

- The 2014 Auditor General report has also revealed that the Energy ministry caused a financial loss at a tune of over a billion cedis

Auditor-General says all indicted public officials be punished

Auditor General, Richard Quartei Quartey

The Auditor General, Richard Quartei Quartey, has called for immediate prosecution of all officials of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) who committed financial and legal infractions on the 2014 audit report. 

The Auditor General, has in its report pointed revealed that two officers; the Coordinating Director and the Finance Managers neglected their duties and that these officers will be made to answer for their actions when they are called at the local level.

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The Nkwanta South assembly defaulted for 3 consecutive years, with the Jasikan and Kadjeibi Districts defaulting for 2 consecutive years each. Meanwhile the head of the local government service has argued that the elected assembly members should be blamed for the financial infractions.

“The law requires that every assembly should have audit report implementation committee and the general assembly is suppose to oversee that but in reality, it is not working. The institutional and legal arrangements are there to deal with such people. There are two ways of exerting accountability; one is what the Auditor General has done, and all those, that is the vertical one. The one that is even more effective is what is at the local level, the general assembly or the district assembly,” the Auditor General revealed.

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Meanwhile, the Auditor General's report for the 2014 fiscal has revealed that the Energy Ministry cost Ghana a financial loss of GH¢1,803,646,727 as a result of financial errors and irregularities committed by public boards, corporations and other statutory institutions - a revelation which has called for a thorough investigation into the disbursement of funds by the ministry.

 

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