Chairman of the Ghana Music Rights Organization (GHAMRO), Rex Omar, has revealed that the forensic audit ordered by the Attorney General into operations of the organisation, has been completed.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Fiifi Pratt on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, the veteran highlife musician said, the forensic audit was done to cover activities of GHAMRO from its inception to date.
According to him, before he took over office, massive corruption and misappropriation of funds hit GHAMRO.
In his view, his tenure has turned the fortunes of GHAMRO around because he has initiated measures to prevent corruption and mismanagement recorded under some past leaders of the rights organisation.
He said GHAMRO will hold a press conference on Thursday, to give details about the forensic audit done to inform Ghanaians of the rot uncovered and those who were behind it.
He also hinted all persons indicted would be made to refund every pesewa they stole from GHAMRO.
The Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, in 2017 ordered that a forensic audit of the Ghana Music Right Organisation’s (GHAMRO) accounts undertaken to provide a definite picture of the state and financial health of organisation from 2012 to 2017 financial years.
In addition to the forensic audit of GHAMRO’s accounts, the Attorney General also ordered that a constitutional review committee be established to thoroughly review the constitution of GHAMRO, addressing inconsistencies and prepare it for adoption by the highest decision-making body of the organisation within a period of one year.
This was contained in a 53-page report submitted to the Attorney General (AG) by Prof Esi Sutherland Addy’s Committee (Ghana Cultural Forum), set up by the AG to meditate an impasse between the board of GHAMRO and the United Concerned Members of GHAMRO (UNICOM).
In the report, the committee recommended that the thorough audit must be taken and a-seven member constitution review committee to be set up in two weeks’ time to develop a new constitution for GHAMRO and a fresh election undertaking within one year transitional period (November 1, 2017 to November 1, 2018).
The report further said a committee must be set in place to procure consultancy services for GHAMRO to work towards the restructuring of the governance of GHAMRO, the fund collection and distribution functions and communication strategies of the organisation.