Ghana accountants reminded of accountability
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Ofosu-Ampofo, on Thursday reminded accountants of educational institutions that they would render accounts of their stewardship to the owners of the funds they handled.
He said this was in line with the government’s directive requesting officials of the previous administration to account for their stewardship, which was being misconstrued by a section of the public to be political vendetta against political opponents.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo said making public office holders accountable was one of the ways to ensure public trust and confidence in the leadership of the country.
He was speaking at the opening of this year’s National Conference of the Association of Educational Accountants in Koforidua.
He urged the accountants to religiously adhere to the Public Procurement Act, the Financial Administration Regulations and Financial Memoranda to ensure sound financial administration.
Mr Ofosu-Ampofo called on them to ensure that all their transactions were guided by the principles of integrity, transparency and accountability.
Mr Samuel Bannerman-Mensah, Director General of the Ghana Education (GES) Service, urged the accountants to muster courage to advice their managers when they found them going wrong.
He called on the accountants not to spend funds that did not belong to them on their personal use saying, “We need God fearing Accountants”.
Mr Bannerman-Mensah called for a team work between the accountants and the managers of the schools.
He urged managers of schools at the regional and district educational units to be on top of accounting issues and be conversant with the use of computers to enhance accountancy.
Mr Bannerman-Mensah warned that sooner than later people who could not use computers to work might lose their jobs.
Mr Charles Adama, National Chairman of the Association called for periodic financial management training programmes in modules for all assistant headmasters who would become headmasters and directors of the GES.