Allocate Budget to Regions Instead of MDAs...
The Controller and Accountant General Department CAGD has proposed that budget allocation for the running of the state should be at regional levels and not Ministerial Levels as its exist currently in the country.
Mr. Daniel Y. Domelevo an official of the CAGD made this proposal when he presented a paper at the recently held Center for Democratic Development CDD Public Anti-Corruption agencies forum in Accra.
Mr. Domelevo explained that the Ministries as they exist now don’t have a defined constituent or boundary and does not allow for decentralization, which goes a long way to breed corruption in the nation.
He added however that every region has a defined constituent and boundary, which can be effectively and efficiently managed by the authorities and managers who knows better about their regions and bring decentralization as a well.
Explaining further Mr. Domelevo noted that the bureaucratic procedures in our system of governance where every community, institution and individuals who want a particular project goes to one Minister or the other bring about congestion resulting into corrupt practices in the country.
CAG Official maintained that if “budgets were allocated at the regional levels bureaucratic processes in our system of governance would reduce drastically so also corruption which goes with the bureaucratic processes”.
Mr. Domelevo supported his argument with the article 35 (6) d of the directive principles of state policy which state that the state shall take appropriate measure to make democracy a reality by decentralizing the administrative and financial machinery of government to regions and districts and not to Ministries, Department and Agencies MDA.
He added that article 34 of the directive principle of state policy; contained in chapter six guide all citizens, parliament, president and the judiciary in the interpretation of the constitution or any other law.
Mr. Domelevo disclosed that over-centralization of government ministries; departments and agencies have created congestion resulting in corrupt practices in the country. He explained further that the corrupt practice comes as a result of difficulties to monitor and supervise funds disbursed to far away from the centralized institution, which lack resources and capacity to embark on their duties.
Citing examples Mr. Domelevo said that if a teacher resigns in Bunkpurugy, it take forever for the name to be deleted from the payroll. He cited another example that if a contract is executed in Lawra payable in Accra, one cannot do any form of verification than to take the documentary evidence which many a times turns to be false.
“Base on this experience, regional coordinating council RCC and district coordinating council DCC stand a better position to monitor and supervise projects awarded and payable from their units” Mr. Domelevo explained.
Mr. Domelevo stressed that the constitution enjoys the government to decentralize its administrative and financial machinery to the regions and districts.
“However the government and their donor agencies are pushing and funding decentralization within MDAs which is within one kilometer square”. Mr. Domelevo concluded that it only a proper and effective decentralization would help combat fraud and corruption in the country.
Source: The Chronicle