Special police desk set up to handle Auditor-Gen.’s report

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu — PAC Chairman

Mr. Kwaku Agyeman Manu — PAC Chairman

The Ghana Police Service (GPS), is revamping a special desk set up to prosecute criminal cases related to the Auditor-General’s Report.

Mr. John Kudalor, the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), disclosed this in Accra yesterday, when the agencies under the Ministry of the Interior appeared before the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to answer queries on the 2011/12/13 Auditor General’s Report.

The agencies were the Ghana Police Service (GPS), Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Immigration Service, Small Arms Commission and the Gaming Commission.

He explained that the GPS already had a special desk to prosecute cases on the Auditor-General’s Report,   but had been a little bit dormant.

The IGP said the desk was being strengthened to fast-track action on cases raised by the Auditor-General’s Report.

He said that senior officers posted to beef up the desk included the Head of the Fraud Unit of the Criminal Investigations Department of the GPS, Superintendent Felix Mawusi, an intelligence officer, Superintendent Francis Baah, and a e-crime expert, Chief Superintendent Dr Gustave Yankson.

Mr. Kudalor’s statement came in the wake of a request by the PAC for the police to set up a special desk to arrest people who mismanage state funds as captured in the Auditor-General’s Report.

At yesterday’s sitting, the chairman of the PAC, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, appealed to the IGP to set up a special desk to deal with cases of financial malfeasance raised by the Auditor-General on public and civil servants.

The chairman said the  2011 Auditor-General’s Report in which a staff of the Keta Municipal Hospital could not account for GH¢576,000, and  in the 2011 Auditor-General’s Report in which an officer at the Goaso District of Ghana Education Service stole a motorbike belonging to the state, should be noted.

Mr. Agyeman-Manu said the early prosecution of individuals who had stolen state funds would serve as deterrent to others who had the intention of doing same.

He said the Auditor General’s Report also revealed that financial indiscipline within the ministries, departments and agencies, as well as lack of probity and accountability, should be noted.

Alhaji Ibrahim Dey Abubakari, a ranking member of the PAC, called for a stronger sanction regime to punish those who flouting the Financial Administration Act.

He said one of the surest ways to reduce financial malfeasance in the public service was the early prosecution of people suspected of financial mismanagement.

The chairman of the committee, Mr. Agyeman-Manu urged the police to promptly respond to the queries raised against taking it.

By Kingsley Asare  

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