UPSA Opens Accountability Summer School

A group photograph of the participants Photo Michael AyehThe Centre for Public Accountability (CPA) at the University of Professional Studies, Accra (UPSA), yesterday commenced its maiden annual Accountability Summer School Programme  aimed at developing the capacities of key public sector leaders and managers.

The four-day programme is being attended by about 30 participants, including senior public servants, directors of ministries, parliamentarians, chief executives of metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, coordinating directors and budget, planning and finance officers.

The Summer School Programme would, among other things, educate participants on the financial laws of the country, inculcate in them the concept of accountability as an ethical value, and imbue in them, accountability as critical for the sustainance of good governance in the country.

The Vice-Chancellor, Professor Joshua Alabi, addressing the participants at the opening ceremony, that there was a problem of accountability with most public institutions failing to present their yearly financial statements to the public.

He noted that although the country had efficient laws, regulations, administrative procedures to  guide the operation of public offices, most public office holders had failed to comply with them largely due to negligence or ignorance, resulting in huge losses to the State at the expense of the taxpayer.

Prof. Alabi said at the end of the course, participants’ understanding of the various public financial and administrative laws pertaining to the public sector would be enhanced, while they could develop the capacity to share with others the need to be accountable, enhance good governance through public accountability, and enable the development of Ghana through proper accountability.

The Consulting Director of the CPA, Dr Albert Kan-Dapaah, said the primary goal of the centre was to provide academic leadership to study, research and develop recommendations and advocate reforms to promote accountability and transparency in public sector management.

“What we do seek to achieve is to educate public office holders, managers of public funds and decision-makers on the practices, procedures and regulatory framework within which the resources and powers given them must be used,” he said.

Dr Kan-Dapaah explained that laws, specifically the Public Financial Management System and the financial laws, exist in this country for financial accountability, thus public institutions were accountable to the citizens.

“Public institutions use public resources. Public resources are provided by citizens. An accountability relationship, therefore, exists between public office holders and the citizens who provide the resources,” he said.

The Dean of the Faculty of Accounting and Finance, UPSA, Mr George Quartey, said the programme would build the capacity of participants in the principles of accountability, and provide them with more insight into current issues confronting the public sector.

By Lucy Pomaa Arthur 

 

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