… Blows GH?16,281.00 On Funerals & Donations
The Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipal Assembly headed by its Chief Executive Hon. Isaac K. Sam has been operating under loads of illegalities, bringing considerable risks to the whole administrative and governance systems.
This paper can say on authority that these illegalities perpetrated by the MCE, together with his cohorts in the Assembly is affecting effective running and administration of the Assembly’s businesses.
The MCE, according to a Final Internal Audit Report on the accounts of KEEA for fourth quarter of 2013, gone against Section 7 of the Financial Memoranda for District Assemblies which states that, “where applicable the original invoice and statements shall be attached to a payment voucher. This will ensure a proper accountability for payments.”
The report included that some payment vouchers which were issued by the MCE have no relevant documents. Meanwhile these vouchers have duly been cleared and amounts paid.
It was established that the MCE had approved payments for some staff who have no appointments letters, as well as other relevant documents that will warrant such payments.
These staff are considered in the report as ‘non-existing employees’ of the Assembly, and the situation has created some doubts as to the authenticity with which the payments were effected from the Assembly?s Internally Generated Fund (IGF).
A payment Voucher with number PV IA/GF/01/28/14 for an amount of GH?1,260.00 was paid as salary to a non-existing staff. Also, an amount of GH?900.00 was paid with a voucher without PV number.
This problem has been traced to the fact that the Municipal Assembly caused illegal recruitment of workers without requisite qualification into the Local Government Service (LGS), and succeeded in back-dating their appointment letters.
The report indicated that the Transport Officer of the Assembly, Mr. Raymond Nana Nketsiah, its Public Relations Officer Mr. Wilmot as well as the Watchman all had their appointment letters back-dated.
This, according to the auditors, is due to the inappropriate transaction that might have existed in the financial mismanagement that was spearheaded by the MCE.
According to the report, the chop-chop attitude adopted by the MCE Mr. Isaac Sam has caused the government to lose a whopping GH?2,160.00 in revenue.
The MCE’s mode of running the day to day administration of the Assembly is said to be gradually destroying the performance of the Assembly since the inaccessibility of the Municipal Coordinating Director to have available funds to run the administrative machinery of the Assembly will affect the general performance and the FOAT scores.
Also, the MCE was said to have spent over GH?16,000.00 on funerals and donations alone thereby causing severe depletion in the Assembly?s funds and putting undue pressures on the Internally Generated Fund.
As a result of these findings, the auditors have called for an investigation into the management of Assemblies funds, and also on all the Head of Local Government Service to liaise with the Regional Co-coordinating Council to establish the ghost names on the Assembly’s payroll.
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