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PAC : We want prosecutions for infractions – Dafeamekpor

A member of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament Rockson Nelson Dafeamekpor has said the Committee is moving away from cautioning directors of state institutions for infractions in thier financial reports to referring them for prosecution.

Mr Dafeamekpor indicated that leakages in the system are costing the country huge sums of money.

“We are moving from mere caution to Prosecution. A lot of leakages in the system and so this time we will not caution
we will refer for prosecution,” he said on the Key Points on TV3 Saturday January 21.

Chairman of the PAC James Klutse Avedzi has referred heads of 26 health institutions to the Attorney General for prosecution for over purchases without procurement amounting to 5.8 million cedis.

This was contained in the public accounts of ministries and departments as of December 2020.

Mr Avedzi said the state cannot lose such monies out of negligence of the heads.

The Committee further raised eyebrows over the use of 2.8 million dollars and 1.79 Euros for the payment of rent for home based staff of 21 missions by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration.

The Auditor General in its 2020 report described the payment of these rents as uneconomic and recommended the use of mortgage systems to curtail the situation.

But appearing before the committee, the Acting Chief Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Ramses Joseph Cleland said the proposed mortgage system of accomodation for missions has been a challenge.

By Laud Nartey/3news.com/Ghana

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