The acting Auditor-General, Mr Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu has revealed that over GH¢3 billion has been identified as the overall financial impact of irregularities in the course of an audit.
According to Mr Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, several investigations would be carried out to probe further into the matter and where appropriate, disallow items of expenditure that are contrary to law.
He indicated that authorities found culpable would be charged accordingly.
The 2019 auditors report revealed that “exemptions from the payment of duty and tax totalling GH¢6.2 million was granted on imported goods without parliamentary approval”.
This was recorded at the collection office of the Kotoka International Airport (KIA).
Statements from the report also stated: “The Electoral Commission was given exemptions of up to GH¢1.4 million on goods imported. The Ministry of Health was also granted exemptions with a tune of GH¢2.4 million.
“Amandi Energy Limited was given GH¢1.8 million. Authentic International was also given GH¢104, 000, the Ministry of Local Government was given GH¢17,000 and the Ghana Health Service was given over GH¢338,000 exemptions”.
The Auditor-General has urged Sector Commanders to ensure that Parliamentary approval letters which gave authority for the exemptions amounting to GH¢7.1 million are provided for inspection.
However, in the absence of that, the exempted amounts would be recovered from the entities involved.