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10 August 2017

We didn’t waste Mahama’s 10% pay cut – Former appointee

A former Presidential Staffer under the Mahama administration Emelia Arthur has rubbished allegations of irregularities in the transfer of monies accrued from their 10 percent pay cut to the office of the former Chief of Staff Julius Debrah.

A member of the Public Accounts Committee and Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso on Wednesday accused the former administration of not using due process in transferring the monies worth more than two million Ghana cedis meant for the construction of some CHPS compounds.

But Speaking to Citi News’ Franklin Badu Jnr, Ms Emelia Arthur said the funds were used for its intended purpose.

“At the time we were leaving office, we had built 11 and started a twelfth one. And then we started a last one in Volta Region, Ho Zongo specifically. It was at the foundation stage when we left office. And because we weren’t going to be in office for further deductions to take place, it stopped at that.”

She said out of number six were fully completed, some of which were commissioned adding that “five were nearly done, because they are usable and habitable and left with were left with only some small touches.”

Emelia Arthur explained that as at the time they were leaving office, “all we need to finish everything was about GHc124, 000 to finish the other five of the 11 except Ho that was at foundation level.”

She also insisted that the followed due process in putting up the CHPS compounds.

“We followed due process. Whenever the contractor raised a certificate it would go with the necessary attached memos through the process in the office of the president as is used by all MDAs per financial laws in this country. Once we were satisfied that the certificates that had being raised were justified the accountant in the Flagstaff House would sign a cheque in the name of the contractor and it will be given to the contractor who then will pay into his account and the office of the president will alert the Bank of Ghana that such a cheque with this amount has issued to this entity and the cheque will be honoured. All these are verifiable.”

 

By: Godwin Akweiteh Allotey/citifmonline.com/Ghana

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