Audit service to inspect assets declared by public office holders

By
Yussif Ibrahim, GNA

Kumasi, Jan. 14, GNA
– As part of its bid to forestall abuse of office by public and civil servants,
the Ghana Audit Service (GAS) is taking to another level the public office
holders declaration, encapsulated under article 286, to inspect all assets
declared by public office holders. 

Unlike the former
arrangement under which the public officer just submitted a completed
declaration form in a sealed envelope, the GAS would now scrutinize the
completed forms together with the public office holder concerned and then
proceed to inspect the assets.

Mr. Mahama Alhassan,
the Ashanti Regional Auditor who announced this in Kumasi, said the GAS would not
only inspect the declared assets but also ascertain whether or not the officers
in question truly owned them.

He was speaking
after picking an award for Mr Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the Auditor-General, at the
2020 African Quality Awards held in Kumasi.

Mr. Domelevo was
among 13 distinguished Ghanaians honoured this year by Micjoy Advertising,
organizers of the African Quality Awards for their contributions to national
development.

The Regional Auditor
said persons who would be cited for non-compliance beginning from the 2019
financial audit, would be referred to the Commission for Human Rights and
Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), for the necessary action to be taken.

“Though Article
286 requires that certain categories of public office holders declare their
assets before they take office and after every four years, only a few comply
with this directive,” he said.

This situation, he
noted, would not be allowed to continue going forward, emphasizing that, the
service would ensure strict compliance in the interest of accountability.

Mr. Alhassan
therefore called on all office holders eligible to declare assets, to do the
right thing to avoid sanctions.

GNA