NDC Gov't Mahama's 10% pay cut was used for 11 projects - Former staffer

The Controller and Accountant General has been unable to account for funds that accrued from former President Mahama’s 10% salary cut policy which affected himself, his deputy and all appointees.

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A former Presidential Staffer has rebuffed claims that the 10 percent salary cut initiated by former President Mahama and his appointees cannot be traced.

According to her, the funds were indeed used for their intended purposes.

The Controller and Accountant General has been unable to account for funds that accrued from former President John Mahama’s 10% salary cut policy which affected himself, his deputy and all appointees.

The revelation was contained in the Auditor General’s 2016 performance report on the Finance Ministry and Controller and Accountant General.

The former president and his vice, Kwesi Amissah-Arthur, as well as all Ministers of state, under his administration voluntarily took a 10 percent pay cut beginning 2014.

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The decision formed part of the former administration’s move to save some money for the smooth administration of the economy.

The pay cut summed up to a total of GHS2.5million at the end of December 2016.

The amount was deposited in a special account recommended by the former president to be used for the construction of Community-based Health Planning and Services compounds or CHPS compounds.

But appearing before the Public Accounts Committee of parliament Wednesday August 9, 2017, the Controller and Accountant General Eugene Ofusuhene said that a letter from the chief of Staff asked for the transfer of the money in 2014.

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He said his office is, therefore, not able to account for the monies accrued afterwards.

But the former presidential staffer, Emelia Arthur said the funds are not missing but were used to build eleven Service Community-Based Health Planning and Services (CHPS).

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She told Accra-based Joy FM that six CHPS compounds were built in Eastern region, two each in the Greater Accra and Central regions and one in the Volta regional capital, Ho.

Mrs Arthur, however, said that the government was not able to complete the project at Ho because they were kicked out of office.

"We were leaving office so there was no point contributing...so it stopped at the foundation level" she said.

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