Municipal Coordinating Director for Asante Akyem North, Mr. Johnson Nyarko says the district will be vindicated when it appears before the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament.
According to him, the district has secured majority of receipts and invoices that were unaccounted for in the auditor generals report and will make all that available when it is invited to the Public Accounts Committee.
The Asante Akyem North District and several others in the Ashanti Region and across the country have been cited in the 2019 Auditor General’s report for failing to provide receipts and invoices for transactions conducted by the district.
According to the report the Asante Akyem North District made total payments of GHS145,590.60 which it failed to provide documents such as receipts, invoices, statement of claims, memos etc to authenticate the transactions.
But Mr. Johnson Nyarko said the report about the district is nothing horrifying like how it is been made to look because these things happen often everywhere.
According to him, the district received GHS 10million to fund its activities and according to the auditor general’s report about 98% of such funds have been accounted for.
He indicated that majority of the transactions they could not provide receipts for earlier was because the people who received such monies did not present their receipts to the district.
Mr. Nyarko said the district supported many residents who were to provide receipts but were however unable to. Citing examples, he said about 40% of students who received scholarships from the district failed to submit receipts because they said the payments were made online. He added there were families who came to request for support for family members who were to undergo operations at hospitals among other things.
Reaction of the District to the AG’s report
Mr. Nyarko said the district was shocked to see the auditor General had mentioned it in its report.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwame Abuaku Dankwamoah aka Air Commodore on Anopa Bosuo on Salt 95.9 FM, Mr. Nyarko said the district had already reached out to the Auditor General before the publication of the report to submit some of the receipts and invoices.
He said following the publication of the report, the district auditor has contacted the external auditor to question why it still mentioned the Asante Akyem North District despite verifying some receipts and invoices.
Mr. Nyarko in concluding urged the public to be calm concerning the matter because the district will be vindicated.
“The beauty of this process is that when we go to Public Accounts Committee, anyone who fails to account for the money will be made to refund every penny to the state. So people should not panic that their monies are not in comfortable hands.” – he said