Auditor General admits failure to recover misapplied monies

The Auditor General’s Department has conceded that the Department has not done much in retrieving monies misapplied by public officials.

The Department also disclosed that it has never advised the Attorney-General to pursue monies misapplied by State officials.

Richard Asiedu, Deputy Auditor General in charge of central government programme explained that the convention has been that his outfit urges management of institutions cited in the Auditor General’s report to recover those monies.

Mr. Asiedu was speaking in a closed-door meeting with pressure group, Occupy Ghana on Friday.

Occupy Ghana met with the Auditor General this morning over a request to be furnished with documents covering works the Department has done to recover funds allegedly misappropriated by public officers. 

Last year, the group threatened to drag the Auditor General to court within 30 days if it fails to recover State funds illegally paid to some individuals.

A source at today’s meeting told Joy News’ Kwetey Nettey that Mr. Richard Asiedu informed the pressure group that after the Department has presented its report to Parliament, there is an obligation on the auditee to address the issues in the report.

Some members of Occupy Ghana who attended the meeting were George Andah and Sydney Casely Hayford.

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