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OccupyGhana has said, it will soon begin a series of engagements to inquire as to whether the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Regime imposed by law is being complied with and whether that regime (as is currently being practised) is efficient and effective.

As a first step, “we are interested in whether persons required to make the declaration are doing so. We particularly would want to find out whether officers of the Audit Service who are required by law to declare their assets and liabilities have done so,” the group said in a release copied to Newsgahan.com.gh on 29th January, 2018.

We respectfully refer to article 284 of the Constitution and sections 1 and 2 of, and items (x) and (y) of the First Schedule to, the Public Office Holders (Declaration of Assets & Disqualification) Act, 1998 (Act 550).

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January 29, 2018

The Auditor-General

Audit Service of Ghana

Accra

Dear Sir:

DECLARATION OF ASSETS AND LIABILITIES – REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

OccupyGhana® is about to begin a series of engagements to inquire whether the Declaration of Assets and Liabilities Regime imposed by law is being complied with and whether that regime (as is currently being practised) is efficient and effective.

As a first step, we are interested in whether persons required to make the declaration are doing so. We particularly would want to find out whether officers of the Audit Service who are required by law to declare their assets and liabilities have done so.

We respectfully refer to article 284 of the Constitution and sections 1 and 2 of, and items (x) and (y) of the First Schedule to, the Public Office Holders (Declaration of Assets & Disqualification) Act, 1998 (Act 550). The combined effect of these provisions are that the Auditor-General and all persons working in the Audit Service as accountants, internal auditors, procurements officers, and planning and budget officers in finance and procurement departments, as well as officers whose salaries are equivalent to or above the salary of a Director in the Civil Service, are required to file duly completed Declaration of Assets and Liability Forms.

This provision is particularly important because the Constitution and Act 550 task your office with ensuring compliance with the assets and liabilities declaration regime. It is therefore important that you and officers of the Audit Service covered by the above provisions declare their assets and liabilities in accordance with the law as an example to all others. It is only when you have complied with the law that you can have the moral justification to insist that others do so.

The purpose of this letter is therefore to inquire as follows:

(1) What are the names of officers of the Audit Service who are covered or affected by the law set out above?

(2) On what respective dates were they appointed to or did they assume those offices?

(3) Whether each person so covered or affected has filed a completed Declaration of Assets and Liability Form?

(4) And if not, whether any reasons have been assigned by the failure or neglect to comply with the law?

(5) And if so, on what dates the Forms were filed?

Kindly consider this a right to information request under article 21(1) (f) of the Constitution. We would be glad to hear from you at your earliest convenience, and in any event within fourteen (14) days of the date of this letter.

Yours faithfully

OccupyGhana

By:Newsghana.com.gh

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