Has government financial accountability improved in the last decade? Is there more transparency? What has changed since this interview was first recorded?
In this interview with the then Auditor General of Ghana which was first broadcast in 2005, Mr Edward Dua Agyeman talks about accountability and transparency at the Office of the Auditor General. “If you have an Auditor General who is liked by everybody, then you must get worried.” He says. ‘I must be straight, frank and firm. In my public function, I don’t want to be referred to as nice.’
Dua Agyeman goes on to explain some of the challenges faced key government institutions such as the Auditor General and the Controller and Accountant General.
‘The Controller and Accountant general has got the right personnel now so you find that their books are kept in the right way, but you go to the other institutions such as the district assemblies and they don’t have the right staff to do the job. There is a need for training for some of these staff at the district assemblies on the proper way to keep books to make our work easier.’
He adds that corruption is not just about book keeping. “There should be proper systems in place to prevent fraud and other embezzlements.”
‘If the Auditor Generals Department has the right caliber of staff, the right level of competence and are able to do our work on time, we will definitely reduce corruption”, he says.
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