Ghana Health Service Audit Committee inaugurated

Patience Gbeze/ Janet Zeylisa Dauda, GNA

Accra, July 6, GNA – The Ghana Health Service
(GHS) Audit Committee was inaugurated with a call on members to guide the
Service to operate best practices in Public Financial Management System.

Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General of
GHS, who made the call, said Audit Committee was a very important part of every
organisation as they guide their activities to observe good financial

The five-member committee is under the
chairmanship of Mr David Annan Bonny, a Deputy Controller at the Controller and
Accountant General’s Department and Mr Rapheal Hope-Ankrah of the GHS as the
Secretary to the committee.

Other members are Mr Caleb Annan, a retired
Assistant Auditor-General and a representative from Internal Audit Agency
(IAA), Mrs Juliet A. Aboagye-Wiafe, Director, Internal Audit, Ghana Airport
Company, also representative from IAA, Dr Koku Awoonor-Williams, Director,
PPMD, GHS, and Mr Kofi Opoku, Director, Health Administration and Support
services, GHS.

Dr Nsiah-Asare said GHS was a very big
organisation, which had offices across the country and it was imperative to get
assistance from the Audit Committee to have good control over its accounting

“The health sector involves lots of
procurement of consumables and services and we will be calling on you to advise
us on how to co-ordinate these activities,” he added.

He noted that in the era where resources were
limited it was prudent to be guided to use the scarce resources efficiently,
adding, “we hope we will see better financial management practices in the

“I know you are committed and will help us to
achieve our goals,” he added.

Mr Bonny, on behalf of his colleagues, pledged
their support to assist the operations of the Service.

He said the Public Financial Management Act,
Act 921, 2016 was to regulate public financial management in the country and
“as a committee we will see the Act as our Bible and will ensure that the Head
of GHS pursue the recommendations from the Internal Auditor as enshrined in
section 88 of the Act”.

“In a safer side, some things should not
appear in the Auditor-General’s,” he said and urged all to gather against
infractions that are against the law.

He said under the Act unauthorised commitment,
which led to financial loss to government was an offence and urged all to
ensure that every financial authorisation was approved.

“Failure to receive monies due to government
is also an offence, which is punishable by imprisonment,” he added and assured
that the committee would look at the law in details.

Mr Bonny expressed gratitude to the government
for the opportunity to serve the country. 


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