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27.07.2005 Regional News

Heads of institutions urged to co-operate with auditors

GNA

Nkoranza (B/A), July 27, GNA- Mr Macnus Nyanor, Brong-Ahafo Regional Assistant Auditor, has appealed to heads of departments and institutions to co-operate with auditors to enable them to check misapplication and mismanagement of state funds and resources. He asked them not to regard auditors as nuisance, who are out to witch-hunt them or to saddle them with problems.

Mr Nyanor was addressing a meeting of about 30 heads of decentralized departments at Nkoranza.

He said auditors "serve as advisors and offer guidance to heads of departments, as well as spending officers to perform effectively and efficiently".

Mr Nyanor expressed concern about the unco-operative attitude of some heads of institutions, who at times became hostile to auditors and advised such heads to discard the wrong perception about auditors. He also deplored the attitude of some heads, who either refuse or delay in responding to observations sent to them by auditors. Mr Nyanor, therefore, advised heads of departments to seek advice from auditors should they face any challenges in their operations. Mr Eric K. de-Gaulle, Nkoranza District Auditor, also in-charge of Kintampo District, said it was the responsibility of auditors to study the internal financial guidelines of every institution, to be able to ascertain how heads of departments utilized allocated funds. He noted that heads of departments, who followed set down principles and guidelines performed better and were commended for their efforts.

Mr de-Caulle said those who fell short in performance were given the necessary advice and requested to respond to observations made by auditors to enable them to perform up to expectation. Mr Kwabena Agyemang-Badu, District Director of Education, called for the appointment of more auditors, as the few ones could not cope with the volume of work.

Mr Joseph Ababio Basoah, District Finance Officer, asked the heads to pay greater attention to observations made and respond to them promptly, as they offered the opportunity to crosscheck activities and to manage resources properly.

Madam Alice Vorleto, District Public Health Nurse, appealed to auditors to establish a cordial working relationship with heads of departments, by offering them the necessary advice and support to help them avoid mismanagement of funds.

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