Some District Assemblies in the Volta Region implicated in the Auditor General’s report have denied the accusations.
The 2014 report suggested that as many as 11 out of the 25 districts of the Volta Region defaulted for up to three years in filing their financial statements.
The report specifically mentioned the Nkwanta South, Jasikan and Kadjebi Districts of being the worst performers.
The DCE of Jasikan, Killian Abrampa and his counterpart for Kadjebi, Jacob Asoconnde are unhappy about the accusations.
According to Mr. Abrampa, when they presented their 2013 report “the Auditor General returned it for some corrections to be made which we worked on and sent it” adding that “the same thing happened in 2014.”
“…But what I’m tempted to believe is that, as at when they were preparing the final report that was brought out, they couldn’t capture our correction we did on the report before it came out. But currently, we don’t have any record of defaulting in presentation of our final annual report. Even 2015, as I speak to you now, we have already presented it to their outfit,” he added.
The DCE for Kadjebi also rejected the claims saying “it is not an absolute truth.”
“We submitted our financial returns for 2013, 2014 even up to 2015. We have the prove of receipt and I can give you dates for references that are needed. We have proof of submission,” he added.
The 2014 report among other things, concluded that the actions and inaction of some public officials at the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), have cost the country over GHc 250 million.
This was captured in the 2014 Auditor General’s report. One common irregularity which run through the books of all the MDAs, is the unlawful payment of salaries to some separated staff.