Financial Rot At Awutu Senya East Assembly

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By Alfred K Dogbey

A stinking internal audit report on the Awutu Senya East Municipal Assembly – Kasoa in the Central Region, intercepted by The Herald revealed systematic fraud and daylight robbery of the Assembly’s coffers by certain individuals.

The report which is titled “Quarterly Internal Audit Report on Expenditure for the Period June 1, 2012 to December 31, 2012” conducted on the newly-created municipality, especially the four- year administration of Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Adams Nuhu, has been kept under top concealment from external auditors.

Among other things, the report discovered “duplicate cheque numbers and dates, unplanned expenditures, unapproved payments, no receipts/ no improper receipts, no memos attached to Payment Vouchers (PVs), items not routed through store issues, understatement of Revenue collected by REVSOL” including other scandalous discoveries.

Another document also cited by The Herald titled “No Name On Disbursement Form – Why Should Bank Pay?” revealed huge amount of payments were made to companies by the municipality without names of recipients on the disbursement form.

The report captured that some contractors and suppliers such as Despa Construction, Municipal Environmental Officer, Municipal Road Engineer, Krishom Enterprise, Obaa Yaa Construction Ltd among other names and companies who does jobs for the assembly “falsified” signatures to withdraw heavy cash from the assembly’s coffers.

According to the report, “the trend has emerged that payments to some particular persons,do not write their names when they sign for cheques collected from the finance office e.g. Despa, Krishom, Obaa Yaa, Municipal Environmental Officer and Municipal Road Engineer”.

The findings of the report also pointed to “different names on PV and on bank statement” and asked “why make payments to assistant director 2B and not MCD who is the Spending Officer?”

The Herald’s further scrutiny of many other documents in its custody revealed how huge chunks of the assembly’s contracts were predominantly executed by Obaa Yaa Construction Ltd, Despa Construction or the Municipal Environmental Officer.

However, checks by The Herald discovered that a certain Jacob Mensah Appiah, who takes payments for Obaa Yaa Construction Ltd is the same person who receives most payment for Despa Construction, Krishom Enterprise, implying that the companies are owned by the same person or a group of individuals, but the contracts are dished to them on piecemeal to execute.

On September 20, 2012 for instance, Jacob Mensah Appiah received three different cheques (CHQ NO.000017, 000017 and 000019) in the sum of GH¢1,000.00, GH¢275.00, and GH¢1,725.00. Two of the cheques went to Obaa Yaa Construction Ltd with one going to Despa Construction.

Again, on October 30, 2012, the same Jacob Mensah Appiah also received three different cheques with Cheque No. 000195, 000195 and 000197 for Krishom Enterprise.

It is, however, not clear whether or not the same Jacob Mensah Appiah, is the owner of all the three companies. There were also certain payments that were made without the approval of the Assembly, yet the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Adams Nuhu authorized payment.

The Office of the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development has terminated the appointments of 33 Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCE) across the country.

The dismissed chief executives, including the Chief Executive of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), Mr. Robert Kempes Ofosuware, are to hand over their responsibilities to their regional ministers and leave their posts with immediate effect, a statement issued on Monday 29 July, 2013 and signed by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Akwasi Oppong-Ofosu, said.

Regional Ministers are consequently to assume temporary responsibility of these MMDAs under reference.

The reasons why the MMDCEs have been sacked from post were not disclosed but many have argued they could not have sacked but for underperformance or some wrongdoings.

Below is the list of affected MMDCEs

Ashanti Region

1. Hon. Anthony Nyame ——— Atwima Kwanwoma
2. Hon. Theresa Adomako Tawia — Atwima Mponua
3. Hon. Daniel Okyeamang Apau — Mampong Municipal
4. Hon. Robert Benett Forkuo —- Amansie Central
5. Hon. Martha Bruckner———- Ejura Sekyedumasi
6. Hon. Noah Asante Manu——— Bekwai Municipal

Brong Ahafo Region

1. Hon. Stephen Loard Oppong—– Berekum Municipal
2. Hon. J. Attah-Bediako——– Jaman South
3. Hon. Alhassan Seidu Harrison– Kintampo North Municipal
4. Hon. Yaw Osei Adjei ———- Wenchi Municipal

Central Region

1. Hon. Anthony Egyir Aikins —- Cape Coast Metropolitan
2. Hon. Peter Kofi-Osei-Ashia—- Upper Denkyira East

Greater Accra Region

1. Hon. Rex Daniel Wusah ——— Dangme East
2. Hon. Numo Adinortey Addison—- Ashaiman Municipal
3. Hon. Robert Kempes Ofosu-Ware – Tema Metropolitan
4. Hon. Ebenezer Nii Armah Tackie– Ga West

Northern Region

1. Hon. Alhaji Haruna Friday —- Tamale Metropolitan
2. Hon. Abdul-Wahab Umar ——– Zabzugu
3. Hon. Alhaji Seidu Sampson Abudu– Bole
4. Hon. Issifu Salifu Awuribe —– Central Gonja

Upper East Region

1. Hon. Emmanuel Andema ———— Kassena-Nankana East Municipal
2. Hon. Musah Abdulai ———— Bawku Municipal
3. Hon Clement Akugre Atiah —— Bongo

Upper West Region

1. Hon. Bernard Kofi Puozuing ——- Jirapa
2. Hon. Clement Benin ——- Lambussie Karni
3. Hon. Duogo Yakubu ————- Wa Municipal

Volta Region

1. Hon. Nana Kumesy Bonsy ———– Jasikan
2. Hon. Seth Frank Alifui ———– Kadjebi
3. Hon. Alhaji Bubey Dzinabu —— Central Tongu
4. Hon. Daniel K. Amelorku ———- South Tongu
5. Hon. Bernard F. Amable ——— Ketu Municipal
6. Hon. Isaac Kodobisah————– Ho Municipal

Western Region

1. Hon. James Ackah Kobbina ——— Nzema East Municipal

More to come!!!!!!

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