The Auditor-General’s report on Covid-19 transactions between March 2020 and June 2022 has revealed that the Information Ministry paid some of its staff a total of GHS 151,500 as allowances for working during the lockdown period.
The Auditor-General, Johnson Akuamoah Asiedu, has since directed that the Ministry refunds the ¢151,500 to its management because it was paid unlawfully.
“During our review, we noted that senior management staff and other supporting staff of the Ministry of Information paid themselves a total amount of GH¢151,500.00 as COVID-19 risk allowance for coming to work during the lockdown,” the report stated.
During the lockdown at the height of the pandemic in the country, President Akufo-Addo announced some incentives for frontline health workers including insurance and tax exemptions for their contribution to containing the virus.
As of now, some of the healthcare workers are reportedly yet to receive their share of the stipends.
The latest report is questioning the basis for such a remuneration since it was not sanctioned by the Chief of Staff.
According to the document, the deed goes “contrary to the above Presidential directives and without approval from the Office of Chief of Staff.”
The Auditor-General has recommended that the amount be recovered from the beneficiary staff and paid into the Auditor-General’s Recoveries account.