Dr. Kpessa Whyte in fresh trouble

The former Executive Director of the National Service Scheme (NSS), Dr. Kpessa Whyte, has been called to meet the NSS board this week to deliberate on the findings of an Auditor General’s Report which reveals irregularities in the disposal of 24 unserviceable vehicles.

An intercepted copy of an audit report of the NSS carried between January 1, 2014 and December 31, 2015 under the tenure of Dr. Kpessa Whyte has revealed widespread financial administration regulation irregularities in the disposal of unserviceable vehicles.

According to the document, Management of the NSS in a letter dated 24th March 2015 to the Chief of Staff requested his authority to dispose-off 24 unserviceable vehicles through public auction which was granted on May 4, 2015.

The report revealed that management between March 17, 2015 and December 14, 2015 use an additional amount of GH¢155, 077.05 in servicing the said vehicles but failed to seek fresh valuation from the State Transport Corporation (STC).

It was established that the vehicles in question were later auctioned at GH¢81,000 as against GH¢155, 077.05 that was earlier invested in the repairs.

This resulted in the loss of value of the vehicles leading to a short fall of GH¢74,007 from the proceeds of the auction according to the document and in violation of Regulation 39(1) of the Financial Administration Regulation which states “a head of department shall ensure that moneys are utilized in a manner that secures both optimum value for the money and intention of parliament”

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