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General News Thu, 27 Jun 2019

Auditor-General flags GHC190,000 special sitting allowances paid to MPs

The Auditor-General has described as untenable, the ¢190,400 special sitting allowances paid to Members of Parliament by the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA).

A special audit undertaken by the office into selected state institutions, reveals part of the amount is also captured as honorariums and was given to Parliament’s Finance, Trade Industry and Tourism committees.

The report quotes the Public Financial Management Act that requires principal spending officers of an entity, to ensure the proper use of public funds.

The Report notes that contrary to this legislation, between August and December 2017, GEPA paid ¢192,400 described as ‘courtesies and protocols’, as special sitting allowances to all the members of parliamentary select committees on Finance, Trade Industry, Tourism as well as the Women’s caucus.

The Report further states that, the committee members did not sign the claim sheet to acknowledge receipt of the monies allegedly paid to them.

Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, therefore handed the Authority a lifeline to justify the payment or have the former Director of Finance refund the money.

GEPA agreed with the recommendation, stating that they will provide the appropriate justification with documentation to substantiate the payment.

Also, the former CEO of the Ghana Export Promotion Authority (GEPA) Gifty Klenam and her two deputies, Amoako Twum and Akilu Sayibu were “undeservedly paid” ¢38,187 from June to December 2018.

The Auditor-General, however, said the CEO refunded her portion of the money, after her attention was drawn to it.

The two former deputies were cited to have enjoyed unearned clothing allowances to the tune of ¢23,562.50 over the period when they had also been sacked in June 2018.

They are to refund the monies failure of which will attract a surcharge procedure.

But Mr Sayibu has denied the claims.

In a release issued Wednesday, Mr. Sayibu said he never received any such amount and that this came to his attention when the Auditor-General wrote to him.

According to him, he had since responded by making his salary account details available to the Auditor-General and expressed surprise this was not captured in the report.

Source: Myjoyonline.com
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