The Minority Caucus in Parliament is calling on the Acting Auditor-General to do what is constitutionally required of him and as a matter of urgency, submit to parliament and subsequently publish the report on the Audited Accounts of Government for the 2019 Financial Year as provided for in the Constitution.
According to the minority caucus, their attention has been drawn to a deliberate and unpardonable constitutional breach which is a consequence of Executive intrusion with an independent constitution which is the Auditor General-Audit Service, for which the Auditor-General has failed to submit and publish his report, three (3)months to the end of the financial year, provided in the Constitution.
The Minority Leader, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu who addressed Members of the Parliamentary Press Corps on Monday 28th September 2020, emphatically stated that the report of the Auditor-General fell into arrears following the directive by the president to the Auditor-General to proceed on leave.
“It is worth noting that the Auditor-General had previously compiled the above provisions in respect of being up-to-date with his Reports to Parliament,” he said
Unfortunately, Mr. Iddrisu lamented that as the time of his presser, the Auditor-General was yet yo submit the Reports for the 2019 Financial Year.
It is also curious yet ironic that the Reports of Auditor-General fell into arrears following the directive by the President to the Auditor-General to proceed on leave.
This the minority stated is sad that the failure to submit the said Reports on time to Parliament only occurred after the ill-advised and unfortunate decision of the president, directing the Auditor-General to proceed on compulsory retirement.
In view of this, the minority leader noted that the minority is calling on the Acting Auditor-General as a matter of urgency to submit to parliament and subsequently publish the Reports on the Audited Accounts of Government for the 2019 Financial Year as provided for in the Constitution(Article 187 (5) and the Audit Service Act, 2000(Act 584).
He further called on the president of the Republic to direct the Acting Auditor-General to urgently submit the said Reports to Parliament for consideration and Report just as he directed the Auditor-General to proceed on his statutory leave.
Well-meaning Ghanaians they called also to join the minority in compelling the A-G to comply with the laws of Ghana and submit his Reports to Parliament for scrutiny.
Anything short of this, they indicated will amount to attempts to cover up wrong-doing by Government.
By Mary Quartey