The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of parliament has ordered authorities of Klikor S.H.S in the Volta region to take legal action against the Denu branch of the Agric Development Bank
The bank has been cited in the 2016 Auditor General Report for retaining 11,000 unearned salary for a late teacher by name, Francisca Azorliadey. The bank has argued that the said amount was used to offset a loan which was procured by the late teacher before her demise.
The Controller and Accountant General continued to pay the decease for about a year after her demise. Appearing before PAC in Ho, the Accountant for Klikor S.H.S, William Davor disclosed that countless letters to the bank has yielded no results. Consequently, the Chairman for Public Accounts Committee, James Kludze Avedzi tasked the school to sue the bank to ensure the amount is returned to government chest.
However in a separate sitting, the Members of the Public Accounts Committee pleaded with the authorities of the Nkwanta South Municipal Assembly to be lenient with their former revenue superintendent whose GHC 800 gross salary has been embargoed for the last 8 months.
Hebedzi Ayetor failed to account for GHC 25,958.69 revenue he collected. The Assembly consequently instructed his bank to withhold his entire salary. When the Chief Finance Officer for the Assembly, Ebenezer Afetorgbor, appeared before the PAC in Ho, he disclosed that the said officer who was indicted in the 2015 Auditor General’s Report has been demoted to a messenger.
Moved by the possible plight of Mr. Ayetor, the Chairman of PAC James Klutse Avedzi, urged the finance officer to consider leaving a part of the culprits salary to him for his upkeep. He observed that the current arrangement may push him to use more dubious means to survive.
The Public Accounts Committee has been sitting in Ho to consider the 2015, 2016 Auditor General’s Report covering the Eastern and Volta regions which is being facilitated by GIZ and USAID.