Some members of the Carlos Sakyi-led Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO) board have been given four weeks to account for more than GH?1 million said to have been misapplied.
The management board which was asked to leave office was made up of Carlos Sakyi, Amandzeba Nat Brew, KK Kabobo and Mark Okraku Mantey.
This was made known at a media interaction organised by the interim GHAMRO board led by Nana Aboagye DaCosta at the music rights? office in Accra Thursday.
Interim Administrator of the board, Abraham Nuetey Adjatey (Agya Abraham) addressing the media on the audited accounts of GHAMRO, said, the various monies were withdrawn without proper documentation during Carlos? tenure.
He disclosed that the about GH?1 million was used to pay salaries, travels, refreshment, contingencies, accommodations, and other undocumented withdrawals and transfers.
The Carlos Sakyi management board, according to the audited accounts, did short banking of GHAMRO?s revenues. In 2012, GH?84,775 was received and GH?76,000 was paid into the GHAMRO account at the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB) while in 2013, a little over GH?91,000 was received but GH?81,000 was paid into the same account.
According to the interim report, in 2013, there were three bank tranfers made to some personal accounts with no stated purpose for the transfers. On December 11, 2013, GH?42,000, on December 12, 2013, GH?286,000 and on December 19, GH?100,000 were transferred from the GHAMRO account to these accounts.
The interim audit also noted that in 2014, GH?51,560 was paid to a company, Motion Pix to provide GHAMRO with ID cards, without a contract, but the cards were never provided.
An amount of GH?55,000 was paid for a Toyota vehicle that was never received while the whereabouts of a Mazda car that belongs to GHAMRO is unknown.
The report noted that payment vouchers were most often signed without figures, while the management board did not fulfil its tax obligations, and GHAMRO did not also register its assets.
The management board members, even though were entitled to only sitting allowances, they paid themselves monthly salaries ranging from GH?2,000 to?GH?2,500. In addition, each person received a daily allowance of either GH?50 or GH?100 from GHAMRO coffers.
The C.K. Mann visit:
Highlife great, C.K. Mann fell ill and GHAMRO paid him a visit in 2014. According to the report, some select board members spent GH?3,000 on transportation, GH?2,400 on accommodation and?GH?1,000 on contingency. They presented GH?600 to him. He also benefited from a welfare donation of GH?500.
The report noted that, out of the GH?11,500 that was withdrawn for the visit, an amount of GH?4,000 was unaccounted for. No receipt or documentation was provided for the said visit.
According to Agya Abraham, it has been very difficult getting the accused persons, except Mark Okraku Mantey, to come and either respond to audit queries or account for the monies.
Mark Okraku Mantey, he noted, has met the auditors and has been cleared of any financial impropriety.
The auditors, Eddie Nikoi Accounting Consultancy, have given the defunct board four working weeks, starting December 19, 2014 to either respond or account for the monies.
Interim Administrator said GHAMRO currently has GH?504,000 in its account at ADB.