Auditor-General recovers more than GH¢67m in surcharges last year

Mr. Yaw Domelevo – Auditor-General

The Auditor-General, last year, recovered more than GH¢67.3 million in disallowances and surcharges the Audit Service collected from organisations and individuals, which has been paid into Government chest.

A statement issued by the Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Audit Service, and copied to the Ghana News Agency, in Accra, said the amount was realised from 122 surcharge certificates the Service issued as at November 30, 2018.

“The Auditor-General during the period issued 122 Surcharge Certificates to individuals and organisations and recovered a total amount of  GH¢67,315,066.12  into Government chest,” the statement said.

In fulfilment of the provision of Article 187 of the 1992 Constitution, the statement said, the Auditor-General on December 31, 2018, submitted to Parliament, a special report on Disallowance and Surcharge.

“The report seeks to draw the attention of Parliament and the citizenry to the progress made by the Ghana Audit Service on Surcharge and Disallowance after the landmark decision of the Supreme Court on 14th June 2017 (J1/19/2016 titled OccupyGhana vs Attorney-General)”.

The statement urged the public to access the full report on the Audit Service’s website.

OccupyGhana, a public interest pressure group sued the Attorney-General over the Auditor General’s failure to retrieve state funds found to have been expended contrary to law.

Source: GNA

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