The Auditor-General’s 2020 report on the public accounts of Ghana at the Ministries, Departments and other Agencies (MDAs) has found that funds meant for the Marine Drive project amounting to GHS387,196 were misapplied for the celebration of AFRIMA, Kundum festival and other activities.
This, according to the report, is in contravention of Section 7 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).
An amount of GHS73,000 was used for the payment of additional expenditure for Mr Abelema Afeku’s trip to the Volta Region between 15 and 18 June 2018 while she was a minister of tourism.
Accountable imprest for the Minister to travel to the Western Region on an official assignment also amounted to GHS13, 296.
GHS900.00 was used to pay allowances for the bid opening panel for procurement of vehicles on 3rd May 2018.
GHS100,000 was released to Palm Media Ghana Ltd for the launch of AFRIMA 2018, which took place from 17 to 19 May 2018.
The report also noted that GHS200,000 was used to support the Kundum festival, which took place from 1 to 9 September 2021.
The report, therefore, recommended that “the Chief Director should ensure a refund from the operations account into the Marine Drive project account, failing which the amount should be recovered from the Chief Director”.
The report further revealed that in contravention of Section 52 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), five official vehicles were in the possession of three former officials, including Mrs Afeku, who separated from the Ministry through reassignment and terminations.
“We recommended that the Chief Director should ensure the recovery of the vehicles from the above-named individuals. We further recommended that the use of the vehicles by the individuals should attract rental charges at the current rental rate for the period during which the vehicles have been in their possession,” the report indicated.