Pressure group OccupyGhana has given the Auditor-General a 14-day ultimatum to act on retrieval of millions of Ghana cedis from individuals and institutions or face legal action.
Within the same 14-day period, OccupyGhana has also charged the Auditor-General to disclose details of reward schemes established for persons who provide information leading to the recovery of funds arising from audits undertaken into reported cases.
The non-partisan pressure group made these demands in a letter to the A-G dated January 9, 2015 and signed by Mr George Andah, a member of the group.
The letter has also requested the A-G to disclose copies of any specifications of disallowance and/or surcharge ever issued to and served on any heads of departments/institutions under the Audit Service Act or affected persons under the Local Government Act.
Furthermore, it has requested a disclosure of a copy of the certification issued in the one court case involving a surcharge referred to by the A-G.
It is also demanding copies of “adverse comments” received from Parliament and the ‘development partners’ on the disallowance and surcharge powers.
The pressure group on November 12, last year wrote to the A-G and the Attorney-General requesting confirmation that wherever the A-G had identified irregularities in his reports, leading to loss of money to the state, he (Auditor General) agreed that those matters constituted appropriate cases for disallowance and surcharge, and that if he did not consider any case to be appropriate for disallowance and surcharge, he must specify his reasons in writing, in accordance with the duty to be candid imposed by Article 296 of the Constitution.
The A-G, in a confidential letter to OccupyGhana explained the powers of disallowance and surcharge.
But according to the pressure group the explaination provided in the confidential letter is “extremely inadequate and entirely without merit”.
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