CDD/GTZ Hold Stakeholders Forum
The Center for Democratic Development, under the theme: “Key Public Anti-corruption Agencies and the fulfillment of their mandates, achievements, gaps and the way forward”, has in collaboration with GTZ held a one day stakeholders Forum at the La Beach Hotel recently.
In a presentation by Mr. Edward Dua Agyeman, Auditor-General, he cited that there exist several anti-corruption agencies but what is left is a genuine commitment from the government, the citizens, anti-corruption institutions and the judiciary to work together to ensure accountability and transparency.
He said the eventual passage of the Whistleblower Act in the near future would play a significant role in Ghana’s accountability and anti-corruption efforts.
Mr. Dua Agueman said, when the Internal Audit Agency becomes operational, Internal Auditors in the public sector would be assisted to develop the required capacity to evaluate the effectiveness of control systems, monitor control system, and contribute to ongoing effectiveness of control systems.
He called on the CDD to step up public awareness of corruption and the crusade against this creeping menace.
He noted that, the passage of the Procurement Act (663), Internal Audit Agency Act (Act 658) and the Financial Administration Act (Act 654) provide the legal framework, and the Financial Administration Tribunal to established pursuant to the Financial Administration Act to enforce the recommendation of Public Accounts Committee on the Auditor-General’s report would booster the climate of accountability and corruption deterrence.
Mr. Edward Dua-Agyeman stated that there is the need for the budget to be decentralized as well as a need for a complete sector reform.
He said we need a composite budgetary control, Regional ministers should be the first among cabinet ministers, Regional ministers should hold district budget and we cannot decentralize only the treasury adding that decentralization can help Ghana combat fraud and corruption.
Mrs. Florence Sai, chairperson, Office of Accountability, said it is recommended that the work of the Office of Accountability be replicated in the Ministries, Departments, Agencies, and Metropolitan/District Assemblies, by establishing Accountability Desks.
She said the Office of Accountability would naturally liaise such Desk offices and facilitate their work.
Source: The Moment