A Deputy Auditor General in Charge of State Enterprises, Mr. Johnson Asiedu says the existence of the Audit Service has really helped in the fight against corruption in the country.
The Audit Service Act 2000, Act 584 of the 1992 Constitution mandates the institution to audit all public institutions and organizations and report its findings within a specified time to Parliament and later make it known to the public by publishing it.
Mr. Johnson Asiedu says the public really needs all Government institutions and organizations to be more accountable, transparent, and socially responsible and that is the prime mandate of the Audit service which indeed is really helping in reducing corruption in the country.
He said this at a seminar organized by the Ghana Audit Service to equip the media to sustain the demand transparency and accountability in public financial management.
Mr. Sampson Lardy Anyenini, a legal practitioner and a broadcast journalist who was one of the speakers advised journalists to have more time for audit reports.
“I will advise all my media friends and media organisations to give preference to the Auditor General’s report as and when it is released just as we give more time to elections and politics in the country,’’ he charged.
He again added that the 1992 Constitution has given journalists more powers than the Special Prosecutor.
“The Constitution has mandated journalists to expose, combat corruption and preserve public property in article 41(f) and all has to be done conscientiously but the special prosecutor’s power is from an Act of Parliament,’’ he stressed.
Mr. Odame Agyekum who is an Assistant Auditor General in charge of Parliamentary Affairs also called for the prosecution of persons who have embezzled public funds to be dealt with accordingly.
“If someone embezzles state fund and is left unpunished then we are telling the person to steal more which is really worrying so anyone who is found guilty of embezzling state funds must be dealt with seriously,’’ he charged.
Source: Atinkaonline.com | Ama Gyenfa Ofosu-Darkwah.