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10% Mahama and Co. Salaries for CHIP Compounds Missing

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The Controller and Accountant General yesterday told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament that his inability to account for an amount of GHC896, 457, 00, being donations from salaries of former President John Mahama and his appointees, for the construction of Community, Health and Infrastructure Projects, in 2014, was because the accrued sum was sent to the office of the then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.

The Controller and Accountant General yesterday told the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament that his inability to account for an amount of GHC896, 457, 00, being donations from salaries of former President John Mahama and his appointees, for the construction of Community, Health and Infrastructure Projects, in 2014, was because the accrued sum was sent to the office of the then Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah.

 

Eugene Ofosu said this when a member of the PAC and Member of Parliament for Nhyiaeso, Kennedy Kwasi Kankam, asked him to explain why the schedule for the amount deducted in 2014 showed zero.

Mr Ofosu told the Committee that the donations were ten per cent deductions from all government appointees and were kept in trust.

However, after keeping the money in trust for some time, his outfit received instructions from the former Chief of Staff for the amount collected to be released for his office, which his outfit complied.

The Nhyieaso MP, who was not satisfied by the explanations by the Controller and Accountant General, alluded to that fact that monies that were paid into the Consolidated Fund needed some parliamentary approval before its disbursement.

The MP asked Mr Ofosu to tell the Committee the exact quarters the GHC 896,457.00 was sent to. The Controller and Accountant General responded: "To the Chief of Staff".

It would be recalled that after former President John Mahama had assumed following the death of President John Evans Atta Mills, he directed that ten per cent of salaries all government appointees should be deducted to construct CHIP Compounds at deprived communities in the country.

Therefore, in 2014, ten percent of salaries of government appointees, including ministers and DCEs, were deducted by the Controller and Accountant General. Ironically, in the 2015 financial records, the table for 2014 showed zero deductions.

This revelation drew the attention of the PAC during its sitting yesterday, August 9, 2017, at Parliament House.

In an attempt to figure out the utilization of the 2014 deductions, it came to light that the amount totaling GHC896, 457.00 previously collected by the Controller and Accountant General could not be accounted for.

In appearance at the PAC was the Ministry of Finance, which was represented by a deputy finance minister, Abena Osei Asare.