Auditor-General angry over non-implementation of Audit reports

The Auditor-General, Richard Quartey, has decried the non-implementation of its reports submitted to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament for action.

“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 said.

According to Mr. Quartey, the relevance of auditing is for corrective actions to be taken by the PAC, but complained this is lacking.

He explained that after the Auditor General’s Department has submitted its audited reports to Parliament; PAC is expected to hold public hearings and later submit another report to the House for deliberations.

Mr Quartey told Joy News’ Raymond Acquah that because of the inaction of PAC his outfit has been encouraging the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) to set up an internal Audit Recommendation Committee to implement the reports.

The Auditor-General’s reports have over the years revealed jaw-dropping cases of misappropriation of public funds, fraudulent transfers, illegal payments and receipts of public funds by government officials, but Mr Quartey said its reports are not treated with the seriousness they deserve.

Member of Parliament for North Dayi, George Loh said PAC is not responsible for implementing the report adding that the Committee operates under rules and procedure.

According to Mr Loh, Parliament is mandated to form a committee to execute the implementation of the report after PAC has completed its hearings.

However, Mr Loh noted the Public Accounts Committee has arrogated an additional responsibility to itself by conducting a post-hearing monitoring of the report to ensure it is implemented.

He said the Committee should be lauded for taking this extra duty and not to be chided for what it has no control over.


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