According to former president John Mahama, Attorney General Godfred Dame’s recent request in a letter to the Auditor-General to remove the Covid-19 audit report off the Audit Service website “is plainly aimed to quiet him and create a favorable environment for corruption to thrive.”
Tweeted by Mr. Mahama: “President Nana Akufo-Addo’s administration is not only indifferent in the fight against corruption – they are collaborators!”
The former leader of the country claims that President Nana Akufo Addo and his administration are not only apathetic to the battle against corruption but also “collaborators” in the numerous corrupt activities occurring in government.
Read the Mahama’s post on social media below:
Mr. Dame wrote in a letter to A-G Johnson Akuamoah-Asiedu: “I observe that the report of the special audit on the government’s COVID-19 transactions has been published on the website of the Audit Service. In light of the constitutional provisions pertaining to the duty of the Auditor-General after the preparation of audit reports, I consider a publication of the COVID-19 audit report or indeed any audit report particularly when same has not been either considered by Parliament or referred to a committee of Parliament, premature”.
The publishing of the Auditor General’s report before Parliament has finished considering it has been deemed unlawful by Godfred Dame.
According to Mr. Dame’s letter to the Auditor General, Article 187(5) of the Constitution requires the Auditor General to submit his report to Parliament and to highlight any inconsistencies in the audited accounts in that report.
According to the Auditor General’s report on government COVID-19 spending for the months of March 2020 to June 2022, the government spent a total of GH11,750,683,059.11 on COVID-19.
According to Section 16 of the Audit Service Act, 2000 (Act 584) for submission to Parliament, the special audit report was created.
The numerous expenditures made by Ministries, Departments, and Agencies were described in detail.