Dr. Clement Apaak, Member of Parliament for Builsa South, has described President Akufo-Addo’s directive to the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) to investigate the circumstances that led to some state agencies being cited for infractions in the 2021 Auditor-report General’s as hollow and unnecessary.
The MP believes that the directive is unnecessary because what the president requested is already documented in the Auditor-General’s report.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has instructed the State Interest and Governance Authority (SIGA) to look into the circumstances that led to some state agencies being cited for infractions in the 2021 Auditor-General’s report.
According to the President, SIGA must submit its report to the Chief of Staff within four weeks.
“I am directing the Director General of SIGA to work with the Auditor General to draw down the causes of the infractions, identify persons responsible, and make the necessary recommendations as prescribed by law,”. the president said at a meeting with Board Chairs of State Owned Enterprises.
In response, Dr. Apaak stated that if the president’s directive is meant to assist in the recovery of funds, all he has to do is instruct the Auditor General to use his powers to disallow and surcharge without fear or favour.
”The directive of the President is hollow, not necessary. The causes of the infractions are already stated in the Auditor General’s report, persons responsible identified and recommendations made.
What then is the purpose of the directive given by the President? Probe infractions and those responsible to what end?
If it is about retrieving funds, the President should tell the Auditor General to apply his powers to disallow and surcharge without fear or favour.
The President, like the 32 CSOs and well-meaning Ghanaians, should express revulsion at the reluctance of the Auditor General to apply the full powers granted his office to retrieve billions of unaccounted and embezzled public funds. He should urge the Auditor General to disallow and surcharge!”