The Master of Public Administration (MPA) class of the University of Ghana Business School on 25th April, 2017 hosted Mr. Daniel Domelevo, Auditor General and Mr. Agyenim Boateng Adjei, CEO of Public Procurement Authority at the Graduate Building.
Mr. Daniel Domelevo, speaking on the theme “Improving Public Sector Auditing in Ghana”, outlined the mandate of the Audit Service as auditing the public accounts of all public offices in Ghana. He explained that the Audit service exists to promote good governance in the areas of transparency, accountability, and probity in the public financial management. He indicated that the Auditor General is mandated by law and has the authority to disallow expenditures not backed by law, and surcharge organisations and individuals who are culpable. In his lecture he alluded to the fact that his administration, as part of cleaning the public sector, has put together a multifaceted team to streamline the audit system to ensure companies comply with the audit service act.
In the second session of the lecture, Mr. Agyenim Boateng Adjei, CEO of the Public Procurement Authority, spoke on transparency and accountability in public procurement stating that 70% of the nation’s problem is caused by Procurement lapses, procurement corruption and misprocurement. According to Mr. Agyenim Boateng Adjei, the objective of the Public Procurement Authority is to harmonise the procurement processes of this country to ensure judicious and economic results through the efficient use of state resources in a transparent, fair and non-discriminatory manner. This is to ensure environmental and social sustainability.
He then took the MPA students through the procurement structures and the possible challenges the organisation faces. He cited early tender elimination, sole sourcing and flimsy excuses to eliminate tenders as examples of the challenges which enable officers use their preferred organisations or entities in tendering. This, he said does not allow for fair tendering.
The facilitator of the lecture Dr. Daniel Appiah commended the two for taking time off their busy schedules to share their expertise and knowledge with the students and promised to call on them whenever the need arises.
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