GH¢40.93m cited as mismanaged funds of Assemblies in Auditor General's 2017 financial year report

| Updated Jul 11, 2018 at 3:46pm



The Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, says deficiencies in the operations of the Assemblies created avenues for some officials to mismanage funds and resources of the Assemblies to a financial value of GH¢40.93 million.

These observations were contained in the Executive Summary of the 2018 final Auditors report on the utilisation of the District Assemblies Common Fund and other statutory funds for the year ended 31st December 2017.

The lapses and deficiencies were identified in transactions under account areas such as cash management, contract, procurement and store, and tax irregularities.

Mr. Domelevo said he has in his previous report on the Management and Utilisation of the DACF, recommended to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to set up effective monitoring and follow-up mechanisms to track actions to be taken on conclusions and recommendations in the report.

He said the widespread instances of malfeasance and mismanagement of finances and resources of the Assemblies by public officials in the report may mean that the Ministry has not significantly implemented the admonitions and recommendations in previous reports.

The Auditor General said his recommendations have been largely ignored or not implemented.

He is therefore appealing to the Minister and the Head of Local Government Service to use their offices to ensure that the recommendations are implemented to the letter in order to improve and step up the standard of financial administration in the Assemblies and forestall the avoidable financial and material losses which result from these anomalies and control weaknesses.