Admin-Gen orients newly created regions on Assets Registers

The Office of the Administrator-General (OAG) has since August this year, been conducting series of regional orientation workshops for the six newly created regions on the preparation and maintenance of Asset Registers for government/state assets and properties.

It said they formed part of the OAG’s planned activities for 2019, key objective of the workshops was to build capacities of participants to prepare proper Inventory and Assets Registers of all state assets and properties vested in the care of, and/or use by, public officers of new regions.

The OAS noted that fixed assets remained the biggest portion of government’s material resources and also the largest component of government expenditure every year.

It said participants were drawn from the Fixed Assets Coordinating Units of the assemblies whose periodic submissions were being collated for the National Register of State Assets and Properties.

A statement signed and issued by Daniel Binful, Acting Public Affairs Officer, OAG, said the six new regions, Western North, Ahafo, Bono East, Oti, Savanna and North East were created in February 2019 by Constitutional Instrument (CI) 113 out of the then existing 10 regions.

It said following that, the government allocated various assets and properties to establish Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) in order to facilitate governance in the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies that fall under the respective operational areas.

The statement said regional ministers and regional coordinating directors of new regions have been collaborating with the Administrator-General to stress the importance of the exercise, demonstrated interest by charging their officers to ensure prescribed processes were meticulously followed with assemblies compliant with related regulations.

“Collective efforts are yielding positive and encouraging results with data collated using data template provided by the OAG. Plans are in place to extend orientation workshop to cover all 16 regions by end of December 2019 since ownership of some state assets have become key causes of avoidable rancour amongst political actors.

“To facilitate peaceful transitional processes, the OAG is determined to ensure state assets and properties are properly accounted for by responsible public officers in conformity with prescribed format and standards developed, statutory body, Presidential (Transition) 2012, Act 845 to manage smooth transfer of reigns of democratic governance from one administration to another.  -gna.org

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