The said finding was published in the Auditor General’s report on the account of Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) for the period ending December 31, 2018.
According to the Ministry, it will later this week serve notice to the Auditor General, that it intends to challenge the finding.
At a media briefing in Accra Wednesday, the Minister of Information, Mr Kojo Oppong Nkrumah noted that, “Indeed, the report itself concedes that information on this transaction was requested from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) by the Auditors.”
“The MOF, in turn, reported that it will have to get details from the office of the Senior Minister which was the appropriate office that executed the transaction,” he said.
However, prior to furnishing the Audit team with a report, the Audit was completed and a report published to the effect that there was no evidence of work for the payment of the US$1 million, the Minister added.
He said the Auditor-General is further reported to have gone public and announced this finding to the mass media as though it is a concluded non-negotiable fact.
The Constitutional practice is that the report is submitted to Parliament and affected MDAs invited to respond, he said.
He insisted that the Ministry of Finance believes that at least if this constitutional path was followed, it would have had the opportunity to respond at the next legally appropriate forum and explain as follows:
Mr Oppong Nkrumah added that, “ordinarily, MoF [Ministry of Finance] would have wanted to go to parliament and explain itself. However, since Auditor General has gone public, MoF is obliged to also explain to the public even before parliament to cure that wrong impression.
“We encourage all to follow due process. The transaction is backed by a well-chronicled agreement. There is evidence of work done. There are no irregularities in documentation. The MoF will address all these properly with the necessary documents,” he added.
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