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24 January 2017

Local Gov’t Minister-designate to rigorously audit District Assembly Common Fund

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The Minister-designate for Local Government and Rural Development said she would subject the District Assembly Fund to rigorous audit when she is given the nod.

Hajia Alima Mahama said although all the expenditure of the Assemblies would come up in the Auditors Report, her Ministry would make extra time to deal with it before it comes to Parliament.

She was answering a question by Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema East, Titus Glover, on the breakdown of deductions for services paid for by the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA) during her vetting by Parliament’s Appointment Committee Monday.

According to Mr Glover, who is an ex-officio member of the TMA, he has never seen any fumigation or sanitation done although this takes a colossal amount of the Assembly’s expenditure.

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Using the first quarter spending of the TMA, he questioned the amount deducted for Sanitation Improvement which he said takes a lot of money from the Common Fund.

“They [TMA] had a total amount of GH627,324.41 with the deduction for fumigation being GHC51,750, National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) Dues being GHC2007.44, Sanitation improvement package GHC74, 550, HIV/AIDS GHC3136.62.

However, his emphasis was on fumigation and sanitation improvement package which amounts to over GHC506,000 in a year.

The MP therefore sought assurance from the Gambaga/Nalerigu MP and minister designate about measures she would put in place to ensure the monies deducted “were used for the purpose for which the deduction were made”.

Hajia Alima said she is aware sanitation charges is deducted in response to sanitation issues especially within the metropolis which takes the big chunk of the budget.

Although she was not aware of the particular case of TMA, she believes Tema being a metropolis might be the reason for a higher deduction for sanitation.

But the immediate past District Chief Executive for the Tema Metropolitan Assembly, Isaac Ashai Odamptey has described as politically motivated concerns raised by Mr Glover.

 

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