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Part of GH¢581,231.69 MP’s Fund accrued in Kofi Adda’s name; projects are being executed – KNM MCE responds to AG’s Report

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It would be recalled that the Report of the Auditor-General on the Management and Utilisation of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and Other Statutory Funds for the year ended 31 December 2021 stated that while “the Kassena Nankana Municipal Assembly budgeted to incur a total expenditure of GH¢460,000.00 from the MP’s common for the provision of infrastructure and social services in the year 2021, the assembly failed to carry out even though the MP’s Common fund account had accrued a total of GH¢581,231.69 at the end of the financial year.”

The report continued to say that the refusal of the Assembly to pursue the projects of the MP contravenes, “section 7 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016, (Act 921) [which] states among others that, a Principal Spending Officer of a covered entity shall ensure the regularity and proper use of money appropriated in the covered entity.”

But in response to the aforementioned portions of the AG’s report, the MCE for the Kassena-Nankana Municipality, Joseph Adongo said parts of the money, as stated in the report, accrued in the name of the former Member of Parliament for Navrongo Central, the late Joseph Kofi Adda.

Since the demise of the former MP, the money has been used to further his projects.

Mr. Adongo said this when he spoke to Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith on the Day Break Upper East Show today, Thursday, September 1, 2022.

“When I took over, he [the late Kofi Adda], came to me and said he had got some money and that he would come to me for us to look at it. The unfortunate thing happened, and he couldn’t come. What we did was that, now that he is no more and that money is sitting there, what do we do? Quickly, we called all the contractors that were working on his projects.”

“[We told them], bring your documents and let us look at them. Let us look at where they have paid up to and let us look at where we need to pay for you to go back to work. Before that, we contacted the current MP and he said for him, he has nothing to do with that money. If we want to continue the projects the former MP did, he has no problem.”

“He [the late Joseph Kofi Adda] started 2 CHPS compounds. He worked on the Fire Service fence wall and there was another toilet somewhere. All these ones, we called them. The toilet was finished. We called the contractor working on the CHPS compounds. He brought all documents and we released monies from that fund to him. We also paid for the one that he was owed for the fence wall that he constructed.”

Mr. Adongo reiterated that his concern is to ensure that monies that have been tied to specific projects in the name of the former MP are used judiciously.

Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana

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