Public Office Holders to Declare Assets Online – Auditor- General

The Audit Service will by the end of this year launch an online platform that would require all public officers in State institutions to declare their assets and liabilities online, the Auditor- General, Daniel Yao Domelevo, has disclosed.

He said his tenure had seen significant enforcement of the public office holders assets declaration regime, which mandates all public office holders to declare their assets.

Domelevo stated “We are collecting the database of all officers who are supposed to declare their assets through their emails. After registration, their institutions will validate their identities after which they be given approval to declare their assets in the comfort of their homes.”

Speaking at the launch of a multi-stakeholder Business Integrity forum organized by Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) in Accra, the Auditor- General also called for the privatization of the prosecution of corruption related cases to complement the efforts of the Auditor -General in the fight the menace.

Mr. Domelevo explained that the Auditor- General was constitutionally mandated for the prosecuting corrupt practices in the country. He however state that the Auditor- General was burdened with other prosecutorial duties hence, making it difficult to investigate and prosecute the numerous cases of corruption in the country.

“A lot of corruption cases go unattended to because the Auditor -General is overloaded with so many duties. If we decentralized the duties we had multiple sources of action, it would make it much distasteful for people to engage in corrupt practices,” he stated.

The forum deliberated on matters relating to integrity and accountability in the private sector. It attracted participants from Ghana Revenue Authority, Civil Society Organizations and corporate institutions.

Linda Ofori-Kwafo, the Executive Director of GII in her delivery called on businesses to uphold high standards of integrity in their service delivery at all times.GII, she adds was committed to collaborating with government and the private sector to resolve challenges of corruption that were affecting the  accelerated development of the country.

Source: Adovor Nutifafa



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