Protect the constitutional independence of the Auditor General – CSOs

Accra, Sept. 14, GNA – The Coalition of
National Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), an anti-corruption group under the
Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition (GACC) has said that some actions of the Board
Chair and members of the Audit Service were interfering with the functions of
the Auditor-General as an independent body.

“We consider these developments extremely
troubling and a threat to the ongoing efforts by the Audit Service to protect
the public purse and promote public accountability,” it added.

These were contained in a press release issued
by the Group and copied the Ghana News Agency in Accra, on Friday.

This was prompted by a petition to the
President by Mr Daniel Domelevo, the Auditor-General, which raised concerns
about activities of Professor Edward Dua-Agyemang, Chairman of the Board.

Citing Article 187(7) of the 1992
Constitution, the Auditor-General, “shall not be subject to the direction or
control of any other person or authority”.

The release gave some of the functions as
auditing the public accounts, all public offices; universities, courts and
local assemblies.

This independence is essential in ensuring
that the officer carried out his duties impartially, professionally and in
pursuit of the public’s interest, it added.

The Coalition finds it unfortunate that Prof
Dua-Agyemang, a former Auditor-General, credited with initiating important
reforms at the Audit Service, which helped in building the constitution to its
current level is the one implicated in this worrying situation.

It noted that the current situation mirrored a
number of Board-Executive impasse that has engulfed the public sector and
reflects the weaknesses of corporate governance arrangement as the constitution
clearly spells out the limited role of the Board.

The members called on government to ensure
that the ongoing work of the Auditor-General and the morale of the service is
not affected , saying that, the Ghana Beyond Aid can only be achieved when
Ghana had a stronger and committed Audit Service and an Auditor-General.

GNA

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