The Auditor General, Daniel Domelevo, has stated that the audit service has finished a road audit geared towards accountability of public offices on the use of state resources.
Mr Domelevo revealed that 1,719 vehicles confiscated and auctioned by the customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority between 2015 and 2017 have not been accounted for.
Mr George Swanzy Winful, the Deputy Auditor General, while briefing the media on Thursday said that the act cost the state a huge loss in revenue.
“We sampled 2,388 of those vehicles for review in our audit exercise to find out if revenue was properly collected and if those proceeds were paid into the consolidated fund and realised that the 1,719 could not be accounted for.
“They only provided information on 669 of the vehicles that were sampled. Even with those ones, we were interested to know the reserved price before the vehicles were auctioned and other relevant documents on the process but they could not provide it.
“As a result, it was difficult for us to agree with them on the reliability of the revenue that was realised from the sale of the 669 vehicles,” he said.
Mr Domelevo stressed that, due procedures are being followed to bring to book all officials involved in causing financial loss to the state.
According to the Auditor General, many state institutions and public officials are causing huge financial loss to the state through these financial irregularities.
He sighted that the Audit Report for 2018 revealed that their is about GHS 5.2 billion in financial irregularities.
“It is mind-boggling that audit reports come year after year, citing people for causing financial loss to the state but they are still in their offices and move about in their nice cars and sleep in better houses. Nothing happens to them; not even administrative sanctions.
“There is the need for deterrence in the system because for any public financial management system in any part of the world to work well, there must be strong sanctions. People do businesses in this country and do not want to pay taxes and we tolerate it so they perpetuate it,” he stated.
He added that the finding of the road audit will soon be made public and urged individuals to rise up and demand firmer laws to punish public officials and institutions that misuse state resourses.