An NGO – Gender and Social Policy – has called on the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to investigate the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection over what it says are “unsubstantiated expenditures” as captured by a report of the Auditor General.
The NGO, in a petition signed by its Executive Director, Nii Tettey Tetteh, claimed the ministry could not account for six payments totalling GHȼ1,556,691.00 on page 186 and US$266,660 on page 189 of the Auditor’s General’s report titled, “The Public Accounts of Ghana, Ministries, Departments and Other Agencies-MDAs for the Financial Year Ended 31st December, 2018.”
The petitioner indicated that the ministry failed to substantiate those payments with the relevant payment vouchers, which therefore require further investigations.
“Per the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959), we have a duty to petition your office on matters that involve or may involve corruption and corruption-related offences,” the petition read.
“We would like you to investigate this matter and ensure that the necessary sanctions are meted out where appropriate. We fervently hope our petition will be dealt with expeditiously and conclusively,” the petition concluded.
By Melvin Tarlue