National Service Secretariat Asked To Account For Over GH₵ 1.3m

The Auditor Generalís 2012 report has cited authorities at the Ghana National Service Secretariat of several acts of misappropriation including the payment of over Gh₵1.3 million without proper documentation. The authorities have therefore been asked to produce documents to cover the payment of over Gh₵ 1.3million or prepare to refund the amount. It was also found that the NSS had overpaid Gh₵49,000 in personal allowances The Auditor-Generalís report which is before Parliament will be referred to the Public Accounts Committee where the MPs will invite officials to answer the allegations leveled against them. The report also revealed that imprest amounting to Gh₵409,000 given to members of staff to run programmes could not be accounted for. The litany of allegations continues with the secretariat being cited for breaking procurement rules after it awarded a $30,000 contract for the printing of t-shirts without opening to tender. The Auditor-General is questioning the secretariatís why they decided to adopt sole sourcing in the purchase of goods and services. The National Service Secretariat is responsible for posting tertiary graduates to do a compulsory one-year service required of all citizens of Ghana who are 18 years and above. The program which began in 1973 is to encourage communal service and a spirit of volunteerism among Ghanaís youths. This year, about 71,189 graduates have been deployed nationwide to undertake their national service.