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NDC MPs Call On AG To Probe Supposed Missing GH₵600 Million

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Minority in Parliament is calling on the Auditor General’s Department to with immediate effect constitute an international body of investigators to investigate the supposed GH₵600 million released from Ghana’s Consolidated Fund.

According to the Minority, the bizarre nature of the alleged missing cash call for a thorough investigation to be conducted in order to unravel what the money was used for.

“In view of the above, we call on the Auditor General to immediately constitute an Audit team involving the services of a reputable international Audit Firm such as Price Waterhouse coopers (PWC), to immediately Audit the processes leading to the supposed transfer and the expenditure of the 600 million between the Ministry of finance, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Bank of Ghana, the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief of Staff to ascertain the veracity of the claims of the Ministry of Finance,” NDC’s Minority demanded.

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A press release seen by Capitalnewsonline.com and signed by the Ranking Member on Parliament Select Committee on Health who doubles as Member of Parliament (MP) for Juaboso, Kwabena Mintah disclosed that the Minority side would call for parliamentary probe into the alleged missing cash within two weeks of this release if the Auditor General’s Department fails in acting upon their call.

The NDC Minority further put out some probing questions the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) should answer in connection with the alleged missing money.

Below is the full statement from the Minority side.

20/08/2021

For Immediate Release

MINORITY STATEMENT ON THE MISSING GH₵600 MILLION FROM THE CONSOLIDATED FUND SINCE 2020.

The Minority in Parliament has read with utmost shock and alarm a press statement issued by the Ministry of Finance in response to its recent call for accountability for an amount of GH₵600 million released or utilized in 2020 for the management of AGENDA 111 projects.

Although the statement in itself did not address the entirety of concerns raised in our press statement regarding the sufficiency of allocations, the appropriacy of the implementing agency (Office of the President) and the propriety of procurement methods leading to the award of contracts; we find the explanations on the GH₵600million expenditure rather bizarre, to say the least.

The statement is alarming in that it raises even more concerns about the chain of custody of the GH₵600 million allocated for AGENDA 111 projects. We therefore put forward a few questions:

1. Did government release GH₵600 million for the Agenda 111 in 2020 as per the Ministry of Finance’s statement and when did this happen? Why was this not captured in the 2021 Budget?

2. Which agency of government is implementing Agenda 111 and is that agency different from the agency holding custody of funds for the same project? Why?

3. Are funds purported to be lodged at the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund meant for investment management or they are lodged there to be made available to the implementing agency on demand?

4. Assuming that funds have been released for Agenda 111 projects, what has been the chain of custody of the funds since they left the Consolidated Accounts at the BoG?

5. Can government, without releasing funds from the Bank of Ghana to the implementing agency admit to having released same and present same to parliament and the people of Ghana?

Government’s communication and explanations lead to a rather unfortunate conclusion that the government is hiding the truth about the GH₵600 million expenditure and from all the contradictions, it may be that the GH₵600 million is Missing.

In view of the above, we call on the Auditor General to immediately constitute an Audit team involving the services of a reputable international Audit Firm such as Price Waterhouse coopers (PWC), to immediately Audit the processes leading to the supposed transfer and the expenditure of the 600 million between the Ministry of finance, the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Bank of Ghana, the Ministry of Health and the Office of the Chief of Staff to ascertain the veracity of the claims of the Ministry of Finance.

We also wish to serve notice that, if the Auditor General fails to Act within 2 weeks, we will have no option than to start the processes of collecting enough signatures from Members of Parliament to trigger a recall of Parliament so that a committee of Parliament can investigate the Missing GH₵ 600 million from the consolidated fund.

Kwabena Mintah Akandoh (MP)
MP for Juaboso & Ranking Member on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Health

By: Isaac Dzidzoamenu/capitalnewsonline.com

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