Members of the Audit Report Implementation Committees (ARICs) in the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) have been urged to ensure the successful implementation of the National Anti- Corruption Action Plan (NACAP).
That they can do by providing effective leadership and supervision, Mr. Charles K. Dondieu, Chief Director of the Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development (MLGRD), has said.
He expressed regret that the functionality of the ARICs to deal with issues raised in audit findings in line with the NACAP left much to be desired.
In a speech read for him at a workshop held in Cape Coast, for selected members of the ARICs in MMDAs in the Central Region, he said their effectiveness would improve financial management for effective and efficient service delivery.
Mr. Dondieu urged the staff of the Regional Co-ordinating Council, particularly the Regional Planning Coordinating Units, to monitor the implementation of the NACAP to ensure the attainment of its objectives.
The NACAP is a 10-year national plan of action to combat corruption in the country. Its main purpose is to create a sustainable democratic society in the country, founded on good governance and imbued with high ethics and integrity.
The two-day training, under the theme ‘Improving Financial Management in the MMDAs – The Role of Audit Report Implementation Committees’ was organised by the sector ministry in collaboration with Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
It aimed at building the capacity of participants made up of presiding members and chairpersons of Finance and Administration Sub-committees on the NACAP and issues on Municipal Corruption to enable them effectively deliver on their mandate.
Mr. Dondieu said despite significant improvements in the performance of the economy in the last two decades, there still remained some macroeconomic and structural challenges that limited the capacity to attain sustainable improvements in the standards of living of Ghanaians.
He said members of ARICs were required to perform their functions effectively, to deal with issues of corruption, and stated that the ministry had been making efforts to improve on financial management in the MMDAs through a number of interventions over the years, such as the District Development Facility.
The Ministry, he said, was enjoined by its vision to achieve a sustainable and equitable economic growth through the citizens’ participation in the decision-making processes and accelerated service delivery at the local level within a decentralised environment.
Mr. Charles Ayamdoo, Director in charge of Anti-Corruption, CHRAJ, said for NACAP to be effective and corruption combatted, all citizens had to play their roles effectively, and that of the MMDAs was very crucial.
Those roles, he stated, included ensuring that culprits of financial misappropriation were brought to book, maintaining good financial records, and ensuring the implementation of recommendations in the Auditor General’s report.
By Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast