Auditor General Acknowledges Gov’t Support

Daniel Domelevo

The Auditor-General, Daniel
Domelevo, seems to be enthusiastic about the level of support and cooperation
he gets from the Akufo-Addo government.

He thinks it has assisted him
in the discharge of his constitutionally mandated duty than any other
government.

Speaking at the Audit
Service/OccupyGhana anniversary lecture in Accra recently, he made an open
admission that “the Executive has been very supportive.”

Even though he indicated that the
problem about Africa is that we set up all these structures and we don’t fund
them, he was however quick to add that “but in Ghana I have received not
everything that I wanted but a substantial increase in support.”

“I must say the Executive has
played its part. I hope you are aware when there was a change in government ,
the first announcement we heard was a ban on procurement of vehicles… but this
was the time government gave us the permission to buy 34  vehicles to support the Audit Service. We had
never bought 10 vehicles in the history of the Audit Service before, but this
permission was granted up till today some people are struggling to get
clearance to recruit staff,” an obviously elated Domelevo told his audience at
the British Council Hall in Accra.

 Apart from that, he indicated “as of today, we
have recruited from 2017 to date more than 400 additional staff just to support
us to do our work.”

He could not but noted with
emphasis that “I must say that it has been a collaboration and I love it a
lot.”

On his part, Vice-President
Bawumia said the government of Nana Akufo-Addo is stepping up the fight even
further. He indicated that over the past two years financial and human
resources available to the Auditor-General for the discharge of his
constitutional mandate have increased.

He revealed the total budget
for “Goods and Services” which is also the money used in financing audit
activities carried out by the Ghana Audit Service stood at GH¢14 million in
2016 but only GH¢9 million was released to the service.

In 2017, however, he noted that
the current administration released GH¢19 million to the Audit Service for
goods and services, while in 2018, a total of GH¢33 million was released and
the budget for 2019 is GH¢35 million.

Similar increases in
allocations and releases, according to him, have been done for CHRAJ.

He, therefore, noted that “the
government of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is putting in place the systems and
institutions that will help us, going forward.”

As a government, Dr Bawumia
said “we remain committed to making corruption unattractive on a sustainable
basis” and called for collaboration and strengthening of institutions mandated
by the Constitution and other laws of the country to protect the public
purse. 

The Vice-President, therefore, applauded all those bold citizens who stand up against corruption and the embezzlers of public funds.

By Charles Takyi-Boadu, Presidential Correspondent



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