AIDS Commission Reacts

angela adasThe Ghana AIDS Commission (GAC) has denied ever diverting funds into wrong accounts as published on the front page of yesterday’s edition of The Ghanaian Times newspaper.

The GAC said that much as the publication generally covered the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) proceedings satisfactorily, the caption: “AIDS Commission diverted funds into wrong account” was misleading.

“It said: Never at any stage of proceedings at the Public Accounts Committee was the word “divert” used or implied by any member of the house (parliament).

“As explained in the 2010 Auditor General’s Report, the error was attributed to a wrong account number provided by the beneficiary that is, Greater Accra Regional Co-oordinating Council (GARCC) and we, therefore find it inaccurate for The Ghanaian Times to suggest otherwise.”
A statement signed by Dr. Joseph Kwadwo Amuzu, Director of Policy and Planning on behalf of the Director General of GAC, Dr. Angela El-Adas, stated that at no point in time had the Commission been found wanting with regard to proper keeping of its books of accounts, that could have resulted in the withdrawal of donor support.

Dr. Amuzu said that all donors had their specific grant management conditions for releasing grants and key among them were the design, implementation and maintenance of adequate accounting and internal control systems in accordance with the relevant statistics and international standards.

“Ghana’s success in the HIV and AIDS response has become a shining example to the world and this must not be destroyed by misleading and inaccurate media reportage,” the statement said.

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