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General News of Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Source: JoyFM

Ghana@50: More Revelations!

The interim report of the Auditor General on the Ghana@50 celebrations reveals dinner wear for 48 houses at the AU Village in Accra was procured in excess of GH¢108,000 ($100,000) and were not used.

A company was overpaid in excess of GH¢43,000 for the supply of 288 decanters or flasks and sample count of items costing over GH¢1million revealed that items valued at over GH¢467 were missing.

A loan of approximately GH¢1.3 million granted by the Secretariat to the Ghana Trade Fair Company has not been refunded.

The Secretariat is said to have overdrawn its bank account with Prudential Bank in the sum of GH¢1.2 million.

The report noted that management of the Secretariat could not provide invoices and receipts covering procured receipt books and so the omission prevented the audit team from determining missing receipt books.

It also queries 63 payments which auditors say were not accounted for because relevant expenditure supporting documents were not presented.

The interim report said although contracts totalling GH¢1.9 million were awarded for 25 jubilee toilets nationwide, only one has been completed in Ho in the Volta Region.

The contracts awarded in November 2006 were to be completed in three months. The auditors are waiting full details covering the sales and disposals of 300 vehicles purchased at approximately GH¢14 million.

Other pointers refer to unaccounted for proceeds from Jubilee clothes given out for sale to some outlets.

Within a month the former Chief of Staff will provide answers to these queries with additional information from the Secretariat’s former Chief Executive, Dr Charles Wereku.