A-G begins Auditing of Public Tertiary Institutions

Auditor General (A-G) Daniel Domelevo, has revealed that his outfit has started auditing the country’s universities to understand how they generate income and spend it.

The A-G office, he said, at the end of the year would generate an audit report on the universities operating in the country. Available information indicates that A-G office has commenced its auditing mandate at the University of Ghana, Legon and the University of Cape Coast.

Domelevo disclosed that the A-G as an institution has also trigged its auditing functions into strategic State institutions like COCOBOD, Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) including National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) in order to come into terms with their mode of operations.

Speaking at a forum jointly organised by the Ghana Integrity Initiative, Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition, and Send Ghana to discuss the changing landscape of audit in Ghana, with a focus on the AG’s disallowance and surcharge mandate and the way forward, he hinted that, his office would conduct a construction audit into all Sinohydro project deals.

GhanaNewsOnline.com.gh has gathered that President Akufo-Addo has launched the Sinohydro project, a barter agreement in which infrastructural projects would be delivered across the country in exchange of Ghanaian manufactured aluminum products to Sinohydro, a China company.

The commencement of Sinohydro inspired infrastructural projects according to him, is very timely, because it would afford his outfit the opportunity to put its Construction Audit to work to ensure there is value for money.

“Two days ago, we have started another type of audit, which is a Construction Audit. We have moved onto the road and into government constructions to see if roads are being constructed according to the specifications, or buildings are being put up according to specifications.

This is very timely, because I hear the President commissioned the roads under the Sinohydro projects some days ago, so, as they construct, we follow them and take the measurement to ensure that we get value for money,” he said

The road construction audit, the A-G said, does not act of witch hunting, but just to ensure that the government gets value for money, since most contractors are fond of delivery below standard.

At side of the construction audit, Mr. Domelevo said his outfit had also launched a Procurement Audit. The AG, he adds, is required under section 91 of the Public Procurement Act to carry out annual procurement audits. He outfit, he stated, has started doing it.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa

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