Business News of Thursday, 2 January 2020
The Auditor-General on Wednesday outlined moves to tighten the noose around audit for the 2019 financial year to include the declaration of assets and liabilities of public office holders in line with the 1992 Constitution.
In a statement copied to the Ghana News Agency, the Auditor-General said the move was to ensure the compliance of all public institutions with the provisions of Article 286 of the Constitution and Public Office Holders (Declaration of Assets and Disqualification) Act,1998 (Act 550).
“A person who holds a public office as listed below shall submit to the Auditor-General a written declaration of all properties or assets owned by, or liabilities owed by him whether directly or indirectly: before taking office, at the end of every four years; and at the end of his term of office,” the Auditor-General stated.
It has consequently notified the public, especially public servants that staff of the Ghana Audit Service and Firms auditing on behalf of the Auditor General would carry out these activities as part of the audit of the 2019 financial year.
The list of those who are required to declare their assets and liabilities are; the President; the Vice-President; the Speaker; Deputy Speaker; and a Member of Parliament; and Minister of State or Deputy Minister.
Others are: the Chief Justice; Justice of the Superior Court of Judicature; Chairman of a Regional Tribunal; Commissioner for Human Rights and Administrative Justice; and the Deputies.
The rest includes all Judicial Officers including members of the Regional Tribunals; Ambassador or High Commissioner; Secretary to the Cabinet; Head of Ministry or a government department or equivalent office in the Civil Service.
Also, Chairman, Managing Director, Secretary, General Manager, and departmental head of a public corporation or company in which the Republic has a controlling interest, Governor, Bank of Ghana and the deputies; Heads of Department of the Bank of Ghana; Chairman, Electoral Commission and the deputies; Chairman, National Commission for Civic Education and the deputies; and Head of Chancery of Ghana Embassy or Ghana High Commission.
Officers in the Armed Forces seconded to civilian establishments and institutions; members of the Tender Boards of the Central, Regional and District Assemblies; officials of the Vehicle Examination and Licensing Division not below the rank of Vehicle Examiner; and Presidential Staffers and Aides.
In addition, an officer of the rank of Assistant Inspector of Taxes and above in the Internal Revenue Service or its equivalent in the Ghana National Fire Service; the Ghana Immigration Service; the Customs, Excise and Preventive Service; officers of the Police Service; and officers of the Prison Service; the District Chief Executive, and the Presiding member and secretary of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies.
The rest are Chairman, Public Service Commission and the deputies; Head, Office of the Civil Service; persons who are heads of accountants in, internal auditors in, procurements officers in, and planning and budget officers in, finance and procurement departments of government ministries, departments and agencies, District, Municipal and Metropolitan Assemblies.
An officer in any other public office or public institution other than the Armed Forces, the salary attached to which is equivalent to or above the salary of a Director in the Civil Service of GHC4,592.00 a month effective 1st January 2020.