Audit reveals GH¢800 million ‘misappropriated by six state institutions’

Business News of Thursday, 20 September 2018

Source: Myjoyonline.com

2018-09-20

Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo

A forensic audit of the finances of some state institutions reveals that over GH¢800 million has been allegedly misappropriated, with traces leading to officials in the former administration.

The audit, according to documents intercepted by Joy News, was initiated following suspicion that there was widespread financial malfeasance under the erstwhile John Mahama-led administration.

Eighteen agencies were marked to be audited but the audit committee probed the activities of 16 companies, six of which have been completed and reports submitted to the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO).

The audit found that the companies allegedly breached provisions of the Public Procurement Act by inflating contract sums, non-performance of contracts and non-enforcement and breach of contracts.

The six companies

The six state institutions whose audited report have been forwarded to EOCO include Ghana National Gas Company (GNGC), Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company (BOST), Micro and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Ghana Free Zones Board, Ghana Standards Authority and Ghana Telecom University College (GTUC).

Findings

At BOST, a total of GH¢285,561,245 were misappropriated.

The report revealed that Kingsley Awuah-Darko, the former BOST MD, misappropriated GH¢10,498,456 and $33,305,527.

Below are snapshots of the report detailing the alleged financial malfeasance.




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