Neglected MMDAs’ Projects Cost Ghana GH¢35.4m – Audit Report


Ghana lost a total of GH¢35.4 million in 2020 as a result of abandoned and delayed projects, an audit report on the use of the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), has indicated.

The amount, contained in a report released by the Auditor-General, forms part of contract irregularities committed by various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) totalling GHS45.69 million.

Despite these gaps, the report noted that MMDAs still awarded fresh projects when earlier ones had not been completed.

This led to a suspension of work because of non-payment of work certificates.

The Sefwi Akontombra District assembly the report cited had awarded the construction of a Police Station at Akontombra worth GH¢256,541.01, out of which GH¢237,051.37 had been paid to the contractor.

The project, scheduled to be completed on June 10, 2016, had however been abandoned for 49 months due to a ‘lack of funds.’

There were also instances where local assemblies had completed projects that were not put to use “as a result of non-availability of water and electricity connection, defects and lack of furnishing or siting of projects beyond easy access of the communities.”
This cost Ghana GHS8.6 million.

The report again cited Wassa Amenfi East Municipal, which spent GHS214,352 to construct a Police Post at Nkonya in 2017, but the facility is currently not in use.

“We further noted that payments were made for unexecuted contracts, unjustified contingencies and shoddy works,” the report stated.

As part of the recommendation, the Auditor-General’s department advised the local assemblies to prioritise ongoing projects for completion before the commencement of new ones.

It also recommended that defects on the completed projects should be fixed and provide the ancillary facilities needed, so such facilities could be put to use for the avoidance of additional costs resulting from deterioration.

“We further recommended recovery for payments for unexecuted contracts, unjustified contingencies from the Chief Executives, Coordinating Directors, Finance Officers and Works Engineers,” the report added.

Overall, deficiencies noted in the operations of the Assemblies created avenues for some officials to mismanage funds and resources of the Assemblies to a financial value of approximately GHS77.14 million.

Aside from contract, procurement, the deficiencies were identified in transactions under account areas such as cash management and tax irregularities.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri