The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has called for an upward adjustment of the rents charged on government bungalows in some parts of the country.
Speaking at the PAC’s sitting in Ho, the Chairman of PAC, Mr James Kludze Avedzi, said the current rent being charged on government bungalows at the districts were not economically viable and do not reflect the realities on the ground.
Mr Avedzi made the call following responses given by the District Chiefs Executives and Financial Directors in the Volta Region at the PAC sitting in Ho on the low rent charged on government bungalows.
The Financial Director of the Kejebi Municipal Assembly, MacGeorge Apetorgbor, told the committee that rent on a two-bedroom apartment at Kejebi was going for GHc 14 a month, which occupants failed to pay.
Mr Avedzi urged auditors to monitor the renovation that occupants claim to be making on the property to ensure that the cost of the renovation was not inflated and urged the assemblies to take steps to retrieve all the outstanding rent arrears and report same to auditors for verification.
According to the report,the financial memoranda for district assemblies, finance officers were required to support their payments with invoices or other vouchers.
The affected districts are Agotime-Ziope, Biakoye, Central Tongu, Hohoe, Keta, Krachi East, North Tongu and South Tongu.
Speaking in an interview at the sidelines of the PAC sitting, the Member of Parliament for KEEA and a member of Committee, Samuel Atta Mills, suggested that the local government ministry should privatize the management of state bungalows to ensure value for money.
According to the MP, privatization is the only way government bungalows could be saved from collapsing given the poor maintenance culture of the various assemblies.