Audit Ghana@60 Committee-Group
Written by Rashid Obodai Provencal Mar 06, 2018
A group calling itself Center for Better Society Advocacy & Research (CEBSAR-Africa) is calling for an audit of the Ghana@60 committee. The group in a statement signed by its president and vice, Albert Kobina Mensah and Eric Owusu respectively said: ‘’ The Auditor-General has audited some institutions in this country but we are not sure whether they have exhibited any intention to audit Ghana at 60 committee but if they were able to do same, then it will be prudent they publish it to enable us make informed decision as to how our money was used. We have seen others go to jail recently for causing financial loss to the state and we ought not gloss over what happened at Gh@60.’’ President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, last year, inaugurated a 30-member Committee to plan the celebration of Ghana’s 60th Independence Anniversary on March 6. President Akufo-Addo, in inaugurating the Committee at the Flagstaff House in Accra, said it was befitting that Ghana celebrated its 60th Anniversary considering its symbolism and the many milestones the country had chalked democratically since independence. He said: “I believe it is right and proper to celebrate it (60th Anniversary) especially on a symbolic occasion like this….Even though the country is going through difficult economic times, we still have a lot to celebrate as Ghanaians and I believe that will be the real purpose of the celebration of the 60th anniversary.” President Akufo-Addo said the celebration of the milestone should be modest and take into account the constraining economic situation of the country. However, he said, it should be elegant, saying, “We should have a good feeling about ourselves. “We have to celebrate our oneness and unity no matter the diversity of opinion, beliefs or religion…we are all fully paid-up members of the Ghana project. This celebration should advance that sense of unity and oneness,” he said. Read Below the Statement Center for Better Society Advocacy & Research (CEBSAR – Africa) Press Statement 6th March, 2018 Audit the Ghana @60 Committee We hope that, Ghanaians are not oblivious of the environment neither are they enveloped with short memories. Last year, the president with some alacrity inaugurated Ghana@60 committee with a whooping sum of GH20 Million or equivalent of $5million to enhance their celebration. A chairman was appointed whom the president tasked with some members to make sure some cultural monuments are renovated to boost tourism and see to the construction of E-libraries in various communities in the country. However, we are about celebrating Ghana at 61 but nobody has told the good people of Ghana how Gh@60 expended the whooping sum given to the committee. Is the said committee still instrumental at the celebration of this year’s anniversary or they are defunct? The Auditor-General has audited some institutions in this country but we are not sure whether they have exhibited any intention to audit Ghana at 60 committee but if they were able to do same, then it will be prudent they publish it to enable us make informed decision as to how our money was used. We have seen others go to jail recently for causing financial loss to the state and we ought not gloss over what happened at Gh@60. We demand transparency and accountable governance from the appointing authorities as Ghanaians deserve better as the money is a public fund and we ought to know how it was utilised. The policy objective of the government is to protect the public purse but can we say same here without any accounts being rendered? We beg to differ. Mr Ken Amankwah and his members ought to come clean like snow. Signed Albert Kobina Mensah President Eric Owusu Vice-president Cc: Auditor General All media houses.