Auditor General Goes After Lecturers Who ‘Bolted’ After State Funded Their Education

The 2019 Auditor General’s Report has revealed that some lecturers of public universities in the country have vacated their positions after receiving sponsorship to further their education.

According to the report, such incidents are among numerous financial irregularities that occurred in institutions including the Ghana Institute of Management and Public Administration (GIMPA), Sunyani Technical University, Ho Technical University and the Cape Coast Technical University.

In the case of GIMPA for instance, the report said one Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja, who was a member of staff, was sponsored by the Institute to study Law in Australia and per the rules, he was expected to return to the university after completion of his course but after completing the programme in 2016, he had not returned to the school as of August 2018.

The Auditor General said, by virtue of his failure to return to the school after the course as expected, he must be made to refund the GH¢ 327,800 spent on him by the school.

“The GH¢327,800.24 spent on Mr. Dominic Npoanlari Dagbanja should be recovered from him or his guarantors in the event that the Institute cannot recover it from him; also, members of staff who have completed their courses of study must report to the Institute to serve their bond period or pay the amount expended on them with interest,” the report said.

The report also indicated that six staff of the Cape Coast Technical University who were granted study leave with pay between 2018 and 2019 failed to sign bonds, while 12 out of 1115 officers of the Ho Technical University who were also granted study leave with pay to further studies failed to complete the required bond forms.

In the case of the Kumasi Technical University, four lecturers on scholarship failed to properly<