Members of the Public Financial Management (PFM) Network Ghana, have called government to grant prosecution powers to the Auditor General and call on the Special Prosecutor to take interest in the prosecution of MMDAs who are cited in report, especial the 2016 Auditor’s Report, and beyond, for financial mismanagement.
The call follows their First Trimester review meeting at the Forest Hotel, Dodowa in the Greater Accra Region on Thursday May, 31, 2018, having deliberated on issues pertaining to roles in nation building. “Ghanaians in general must ensure value for money at all levels of public life,” the network said.
Audit Units of the MMDAs and other Government Agencies and Institutions, the network says, must plug revenue leakages in their various areas. “This, we believe could be done effectively if the MMDAs are well resourced and empowered.”
Adding that, citizens must develop interest in the management and judicious utilization of resources of their various assemblies, by demanding transparency and accountability from them.
According to the Network, “the over Ghc2b cash irregularities reported are enough to finance noble programs such as free SHS, restore confidence in the NHIS, Network CONVENORS: African Development Programme (ADP), Peoples’ Dialogue, Berea Social Foundation, EduMedia Ghana, YouNet, 4H, Progressive Youth Excellence Organization (PEYORG), Abak Foundation, Mission of Hope Society (MIHOSO), Northern Development Society (NORDESO), Action for Sustainable Development (ASUDEV), Development Research and Advocacy Centre (DRAC) reduce drastically external borrowing, among others. The money needed for our developmental initiatives is right here with us.”
They are also calling on government to facilitate the decentralisation of the Public Accounts Committee to the District level to promote accountability.
In a communiqué issued and signed by Charles Othniel Abbey, the network’s Executive Secretary and copied to Newsghana.com.gh, it indicated that, PFM-Network is available to cooperate and collaborate with MMDAs to advance the developmental goals in their areas.
Meanwhile, they called on all citizens play a major role in supporting their respective Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) in mobilising resources to support the Central Government’s budget for development.