Auditor-General is public enemy number one – Apaak

auditor general is public enemy number one apaak
Dr Clement Apaak

The Builsa South MP has accused the Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, of being a “public enemy”.

According to Dr Clement Apaak, his refusal to disallow and surcharge to recover public funds is not in the interest of the state.

His comment is in connection with the recent Auditor-General’s 2021 report which cited a lot of public institutions misappropriating funds.

The report, among other things, uncovered financial irregularities amounting to about ¢17.5 billion in the 2021 audit report of public boards and corporations and other statutory institutions.

It represents a 36 per cent jump from the 2020 figure of ¢12.85 billion.

Many have questioned why Auditor-General has not taken any legal action to recover the monies for the state.

Adding his voice to the calls for the recovery of the funds, Dr Apaak expressed shock and worry on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme on Wednesday at the posture of the Auditor-General.

He could not fathom why Mr Asiedu is not using powers as affirmed by the Supreme Court to retrieve the monies for the state.

“AG Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu is strangely not interested in recovering/retrieving our funds unaccounted for using the power to disallow and surcharge like his predecessor Yaw Daniel Domelevo,” he stated.

The Builsa MP maintained that the Auditor-General’s refusal to apply the powers to disallow and surcharge means he has no business holding himself as AG and getting paid by the taxes of the same people he is not serving fully.

“He should get the job done or resign,” he fumed.

Dr Apaak added that his [Auditor-General’s] bizarre attitude is helping to embolden the pillaging of the public purse (jump from ¢12.8B in 2020 to ¢17.4B in 2021), rather than protecting it.”

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