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Audit Service constructs regional office for northern sector

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A sod-cutting ceremony was performed on Thursday, for the construction of an ultra-modern three storey regional office of the Ghana Audit Service in Tamale.

The office complex would serve the Northern sector of the country, at the cost of GH¢1,643,189.13.

An initial amount of GH¢ 120,000.00 has already been allocated for the
start of the project.

Mr Richard Quartey, the Auditor-General was assisted by Mr John Klinogo, Board Chairman of the Audit Service and Mr Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister to cut the sod in Tamale.

Mr Quartey said insufficient budgetary allocations to the Service over the years had hindered its attempts to construct offices and noted that most of the offices of the institution where in rented premises.

He said as an accountable and good governance institution, the Service needed more logistics and equipment in the form of computers and vehicles to create an enabling environment for its staff to work more effectively and efficiently.

Mr John Klinogo, Board Chairman of the Audit Service pledged the commitment of the new Board to make a difference by putting the service on higher pedestal by ensuring accountability in the management of public funds.

He said the Service was embarking on an exercise to ensure that public office holders accounted for funds placed under their stewardship, adding that, this could be seen by the recent appearances of public figures before committees to account for the management of funds in their institutions.

He urged the staff of the Service to upgrade themselves to enable them to be on top of their work.

Mr Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister, assured that government would continue to do everything in its power to support the Audit service to deliver upon its mandate.

He urged organizations and agencies to develop cordial relationship with the Audit Service as, “this would help correct the wrong idea of perceiving the Audit Service as a “witch hunting” entity, instead of seeing it as collaborators in national development”.

Source: GNA

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