- The 2014 Auditor General's report has shown that the PURC spent GH¢ 99, 663.00 on Christmas hampers
- The development has attracted the condemnation of the Auditor General who describes the act as a violation of the constitution
The Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) has attracted condemnation upon failing to account for almost GH¢ 100,000.00 used for the purchase of Christmas hampers in December 2012.
The Auditor-General, Richard Quartey has expressed shock over the development wondering why the PURC would have to see such amount go unaccounted for.
"It is quite frustrating and it appears as if amounts of money invested in the work that we have done are going down the drain", he expressed.
The 2014 Auditor General's report has thus stated that the amount spent was in clear violation of the provisions of FAR 288.
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"We observed that the amount of GHc99, 663 for the purchase of the hampers was not retired or adjusted to the personal advance account of the imprest holder, instead the entire amount was expensed at the end of the year in violation of the provisions of FAR 288. This was due to the absence of a mechanism in place to ensure that such advances were retired promptly," the statement indicates.
A 2013 research report has revealed that Ghana is not fully implementing the recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), leading to drawbacks to ensure transparency and accountability in financial administration stating that misappropriations and corruption issues in the PAC recommendations are often not fully implemented.