To reduce transgressions, demand financial reporting on a daily basis— To the heads of institutions, Johnson Asiedu

Mr Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, the Auditor-General, has requested heads from public foundations to show distinct fascination and uplift their administrative job over accounts and monetary exchanges in their establishments.

This would help in lessening the quantity of abnormalities and monetary infractions recorded in open organizations in the country.

The Auditor-General said this during a media commitment after the send off of the 2021 Financial Year Audits of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs).

The send off of the 2021 review report is to check the authority beginning of work on budget summaries of MDAs and MMDAs, and submit same to Parliament by June 30, 2022.

The occasion likewise saw the send off of the “Citizenseye,” a versatile application that empowers Ghanaians to rate and report issues connecting with public administrations in the country for brief activity.

This framed piece of endeavors by the Audit Service in carrying out the Whistle Blower Act, 2006 (Act 720), as the application gives secrecy to people who made report to the Service.

The 2020 report showed that the monetary infractions submitted by different MDAs and MMDAs, including cash finance inconsistencies, acquirement, charge abnormalities, stores anomalies and agreement anomalies, added up to GH₵12,856,172,626.

This was an increment of 235.11 percent from the GH₵5.468 billion recorded in 2019.

The anomalies were from exchange indebted individuals, staff account holders and extraordinary credits in the time of survey, adding up to GH₵10.067 billion.

On the way forward, Mr Asiedu said it was significant for the heads of public foundations to show distinct fascination with monetary exchanges that happened in their different establishments.

He said: “There’s this idea that assuming you’re the head of establishment, you’re not worried about the monetary exchanges that goes on, and thus a few bookkeepers are exploiting it.”

In any case, he said: “Assuming the heads of organizations are showing revenue in the funds and are given monetary detailing ordinary/week/month, the bookkeepers will know that there’s oversight over their exercises. We accept it will limit the rate of these infractions.”

On debasement, the Auditor-General said there was the need to by and large and determinedly battle against the ulcer in each circle of the economy, without political colouration.

Mr Asiedu said: “We ought not battle [corruption] on the shades of governmental issues. We should battle as residents of our country, and this will empower us to assemble sufficient proof expected to carry those wrongdoers to book.”

He praised the Government for the help given to the Service in doing its order, as spending plan increase, monetary freedom to enlist more staff, and purchase crosscountry vehicles for functional purposes.

The public authority in 2017 gave a monetary assignment of GH₵184.4 million to the Service, which expanded to GH₵254 in 2018; 307 million out of 2019 then to 395.6 million of every 2020.

The Service was allotted GH₵481.67 million out of 2021 and in 2022, GH₵536 million.

Mrs Abena Osei-Asare, the Deputy Minister of Finance, remarking on the anomalies, said the Government had started a “name and disgrace” plan to guarantee responsibility and diminish the abnormalities recorded in open foundations.

She said: “The simple reality that the Public Accounts Committee welcomes the MDAs to show up in court alone, we can address around 50% of the infractions. So we accept that the naming and disgracing will go far to cause these MDAs to sit up and do the needful.”

She demonstrated that the Ministry was teaming up with the Internal Audit Agency and the media to implement consistence of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (PFMA Act 921) for viable responsibility by open establishments.

She added that the presentation of the installment stage, E-Procurement and other advanced roads by the Government would assist with lessening human collaboration, and square a portion of the spillages recorded in the public monetary framework.


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