PAC quizzes Manya Krobo MCE

Mr Agyemang K. Manu (3)The Chief Executive of the Lower Manya Krobo Municipal Assembly, Mr. Jacob Frederick Kwame Acolatse, appeared before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC), yesterday, to answer questions on financial malfeasance in the assembly.

The malfeasance, which ranged from shortfalls in revenue collection and dwindling Internally Generated Fund (IGF), to overpayment of judgment debt and unrecovered staff salary advances, was captured in the Auditor-General’s Reports on the District Assemblies’ Common Fund (DACF) and IGFs for the years 2010, 2011, and 2012.

The MCE and his team indicated that, the shortfall in revenue had been retrieved, and the revenue collectors had been posted to other assemblies by the Eastern Regional Co-ordinating Council.

The Committee, chaired by Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, urged the MCE to report the conduct of the revenue collectors to the Regional Co-ordinating Council for action to be taken against them, although the monies had been retrieved.

The committee’s members were concerned that as at 2012, the assembly’s IGF was more than GH¢880,000 but as at December 2014, the IGF had dropped to GH¢174,000, less than a quarter of what it generated two years ago.

On the overpayment of judgment debt, it came to light that the assembly overpaid a judgment debt awarded by a court by GH4,000.

Mr. Acolatse, who is a former Managing Director of the New Times Corporation (NTC), said most of the malfeasance did not occur under his administration, and gave the assurance that he would put internal controls in place to ensure that such malpractices did not re-occur.

He said the over-paid judgment debt would be taken to court to ensure that the monies are refunded with interest.

Earlier, the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Sekondi Takoradi, Captain Cudjoe, led his management team to appear before the committee, to respond to charges of financial malfeasance.

The metropolitan assembly, according to the A-G’s reports, had made several payments without payment vouchers, and paid judgment debts close to GH¢1 million within three years.

The committee urged the chief executive to look for the vouchers, and investigate the malfeasance, or else he would be surcharged.

By Yaw Kyei     

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