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Staff of 3 state institutions to be prosecuted for misappropriating COVID-19 funds

Some staff of three state institutions will face trial for misappropriating funds meant for the fight against COVID-19.

Dr. Eric Oduro Osae
Dr. Eric Oduro Osae

According to the Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Dr Eric Oduro Osae, investigations are in the final phase before prosecution.

“We started reviewing them in 2021 and some of the expenditure areas were revealing. In areas where we have challenges, we do a follow-up. A team is sent to the field to go and validate.”

He added that the IAA has already set up an audit report review panel to audit all Covid-19 spending.

“As far as the Internal Audit Agency is concerned, we continued to pursue and establish how total Covid-19 expenditure was spent and whether we are getting value for money.”

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“The challenge with Covid-19 expenditure is that it is bothered by service delivery which we use financial audit. This won’t aid in us getting the needed results; we need a performance audit,” he stated.

According to him, the Agency is collaborating with the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) to fast track the processes for the prosecution.

Dr Oduro Osae was speaking at the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition public forum on the accountability gap in Covid-19 responses of Ghana