Ghana loses GH¢4.5 billion due to irregularities in use of public funds

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Billions of Ghanaian cedis lost
Billions of Ghanaian cedis lost

Available figures from the Auditor-General’s Department indicate that Ghana lost GH¢4,559,976,756.76 within five years as a result of irregularities in public institutions.

Reports from the Auditor-General spanning 2008 to 2012 indicate a general trend in the rise and fall of the incidence of irregularities, with the periods 2008 to 2009 and 2010 to 2011 being noted for massive leaps.

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Massive irregularities uncovered in public institutions

By Edmund Smith-Asante

So much money cannot be accounted for
So much money cannot be accounted for

Enormous irregularities amounting to GH¢2,019,188,488.76 (US$50,748,780) has been unearthed from the accounting books of public boards, corporations and other statutory institutions by the Auditor-General (A-G).

The irregularities, which include the lack of documentation on loan agreements stipulating the terms and conditions, misapplication of funds, overestimation of funds needed and the failure to notify bankers to stop payments of unearned salaries, are listed in the A-G’s 2012 report on 77 public boards, corporations and other statutory institutions released in September, this year.

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Beware! You may be eating more than food

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Fufu is a local delicacy enjoyed best eating with the fingers in Ghana
Fufu is a local delicacy enjoyed best eating with the fingers in Ghana

While I was driving on one of the streets of Accra recently, a colleague drew my attention to a man who was busily washing his hands in water that had collected on the shoulders of the road as a result of a downpour the previous night.

Naturally we were all intrigued by the sight we beheld and starred earnestly to see what right-thinking person would be doing an act we viewed as very strange.

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Cholera receiving red carpet treatment in Ghana

By Edmund Smith-Asante

Rubbish heap
Rubbish heap

He looked at me and smiled. But what he was about to tell me was no laughing matter. “I will never forget the day I got cholera. It was in 2008 during the elections, when after doing some monitoring I felt very hungry. I saw some ‘waakye’ (rice and beans cooked together) at the roadside, bought some and ate to my fill,” a colleague narrated to me.

“Thereafter I visited a very popular chop bar at Kwashieman, and ordered a bowl of fufu – In fact the fufu was very nice and I enjoyed every bit of it. Later in the night I had to visit the toilet several times where I passed watery stools, felt very sick and got dehydrated within a few hours,” he continued. Continue reading “Cholera receiving red carpet treatment in Ghana”