The state suffered losses from irregularities perpetrated in 2021 by the Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies totaling GH66,130,366.12 (MMDAs).
The report from the Auditor General for 2021 makes this revelation.
The District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and other Statutory Funds Management and Utilization Report for the Year 2021 states that the irregularities concerned violations of laws, regulations, and guidelines as well as management override of internal controls established to ensure effective and efficient resource use.
The principal problems were misappropriation, unaccounted cash, payment of judgment debts, over contract sum payments, and abandoned and finished projects that were not utilized.
The overall irregularity dropped from GH77,147,260.10 in 2020 to GH66,130,366.12.
The report indicated that cash irregularities occurred at 102 Assemblies in the sum of GH¢7,511,747.85.
“They involved the application of earmarked funds on unrelated programmes, funds disbursed without accountability, misapplication of funds, overpayment of contract sums, and payment for services not rendered.”
“The Assemblies continued to rely on Common Fund and other earmarked funds for their recurrent expenditure due to inefficient mobilisation of internally generated funds.”
The report also mentioned instances where cash were disbursed without the proper documentation of supporting expenditures.
The report suggested transferring all improperly used funds from the IGF accounts of the Assemblies into the Common Fund accounts.
In order to deter misappropriation of public finances, we also suggested recovering unaccounted monies, overpayments, and payments for services that weren’t provided from the Coordinating Directors, Finance Officers, and other defaulting officers.
Below is a list of the violations;