Former Upper East Regional Communications Director for the NPP, Issah Sanusi, suggests that it would be unfair for anyone to suggest that the government did not use funds dedicated for the fight against COVID judiciously. This is in spite of the Auditor General’s report on the use of COVID-19 Funds.
“It would not be fair. This is just the Auditor General’s report, and it doesn’t bring finality to what happened with these funds. We still need further and better particulars with regards to what is contained in the report,” Mr. Sanusi said when he spoke on A1 Radio’s Day Break Upper East Show today.
The former Regional Communications Director insisted that until the report is brought before the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, and the respondents are given an opportunity to explain themselves, the details of the report remain open to debate.
“Are you aware this report would come before the Public Accounts Committee? Yes, so what it means is that it is not final. People still have the opportunity to explain themselves, that is why there is a public accounts committee to work on the report and ask for further and better particulars. Until that is done, I would not say the government has wasted money,” he said.
Earlier, Mr. Sanusi asked Ghanaians to exercise a little patience and allow the Ministries, Agencies and government Departments the opportunity to explain themselves.
It would be recalled that the Ghana Audit Service carried out a “special audit on the Government of Ghana COVID-19 transactions for the period March 2020 to June 2022 in accordance with our statutory mandate under Article 187 of the 1992 Constitution and Request no. HM/IAU/GAS.CE/1/07.221 of 14 July 2022 by the Minister for Finance.”
The content of the report has given many reasons to cry out against what has been described as the wanton dissipation of funds.
Mr. Sanusi is however insistent that it may be premature to castigate the government for what was contained in the report.
“According to Paragraph 11 and 12, they skipped something. When you come to do an audit, we have what we called the audit conference and audit exit. Before you draw your conclusions, you need to do some of these things so that those who spent the money would be there to explain. You can also explain the methodology of the audit so that they can understand. But as we speak now, it is clear that some of these things do not happen.”
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana