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Allow AG the free-will to operate –PFM Network Ghana

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An appeal has been made to government by the Public Financial Management PFM Network Ghana, to allow the Auditor General Daniel Domelovo, the free –will to operate.

The appeal was contained in a statement issued and signed by the Upper East Regional Convener of the Public Financial Management Network Ghana, (PFMG), Melton Aberinga.

The PFMNG is a network of 49 Civil Society Organizations, operating in about 120 districts across the 10 regions of Ghana.

The group which was established in 2015 and officially registered exists to create awareness and deepen citizens in communities the knowledge of Public Financial Management information, aimed at ensuring transparent management of public resources at the national and sub-national levels.

Speaking to Radio Ghana, the Regional Convener Mr. Aberinga said, any political interference in the operations of the Auditor‘s General Department work would not serve the interest of the nation.

He stated that, the PFM Network Ghana is deeply concerned about the recent developments at the Audit Service and its implication on good corporate governance vis-à-vis the mandate of protecting the public purse.

It would be recalled that a letter the Auditor General wrote to the President, outlined several instances of unlawful interference in his work by the Board Chairman, Professor Edward Dua Agyeman.

This prompted the Presidency to subsequently set-up a committee to investigate the concerns expressed by the Auditor General Mr. Domelovo.

The PFM noticed the swift action of the President, once the matter became public; to investigate the issue, and urge that the task undertaken, should be handled with all the enthusiasm to ensure the ongoing work of the Auditor General and the morale of the Service is not affected.

He indicated that, members of the PFM Network have observed that, in recent past, they have not seen such a strong-willed Auditor-General, who possesses the public courage and sense of urgency in pursuit of his responsibilities as they have seen with Mr. Daniel Domelovo.

His leadership and appreciation of the public sentiments of expecting practical results in safeguarding the public purse is what inspires confidence within civil society groups like the PFM Network Ghana and the citizens at large.

Such strong personality he noted is needed and timely for strengthening and rebuilding an institution such as the Audit Service.

They called on the Board of the Audit Service to respect the boundaries of corporate governance as it pertains to its workings with Management of the Ghana Audit Service headed by the Auditor-General.

Story by: GBC’s Emmanuel Akayeti

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