Accra, July 6, GNA – The Ghana Health Service (GHS) Audit Committee was inaugurated with a call on members to guide the Service to operate best practices in Public Financial Management System.
Dr Anthony Nsiah-Asare, Director-General of GHS, who made the call, said Audit Committee was a very important part of every organisation as they guide their activities to observe good financial management.
The five-member committee is under the chairmanship of Mr David Annan Bonny, a Deputy Controller at the Controller and Accountant General’s Department and Mr Rapheal Hope-Ankrah of the GHS as the Secretary to the committee.
Other members are Mr Caleb Annan, a retired Assistant Auditor-General and a representative from Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Mrs Juliet A. Aboagye-Wiafe, Director, Internal Audit, Ghana Airport Company, also representative from IAA, Dr Koku Awoonor-Williams, Director, PPMD, GHS, and Mr Kofi Opoku, Director, Health Administration and Support services, GHS.
Dr Nsiah-Asare said GHS was a very big organisation, which had offices across the country and it was imperative to get assistance from the Audit Committee to have good control over its accounting systems.
‘The health sector involves lots of procurement of consumables and services and we will be calling on you to advise us on how to co-ordinate these activities,’ he added.
He noted that in the era where resources were limited it was prudent to be guided to use the scarce resources efficiently, adding, ‘we hope we will see better financial management practices in the Service.’
‘I know you are committed and will help us to achieve our goals,’ he added.
Mr Bonny, on behalf of his colleagues, pledged their support to assist the operations of the Service.
He said the Public Financial Management Act, Act 921, 2016 was to regulate public financial management in the country and ‘as a committee we will see the Act as our Bible and will ensure that the Head of GHS pursue the recommendations from the Internal Auditor as enshrined in section 88 of the Act’.
‘In a safer side, some things should not appear in the Auditor-General’s,’ he said and urged all to gather against infractions that are against the law.
He said under the Act unauthorised commitment, which led to financial loss to government was an offence and urged all to ensure that every financial authorisation was approved.
‘Failure to receive monies due to government is also an offence, which is punishable by imprisonment,’ he added and assured that the committee would look at the law in details.
Mr Bonny expressed gratitude to the government for the opportunity to serve the country.
By Patience Gbeze/ Janet Zeylisa Dauda, GNA