-Minister urges MMDCEs
Hon. Hajia Alima Mahama, the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, has warned the metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs), as principal accounts holders, to be prudent with the use of the limited resources at their disposal, so as to protect the public purse.
As far as the new Public Financial Management Act 2016, Act 921, is concerned, there are severe sanctions with non-compliance with appropriation of the public purse, she cautioned.
The Local Government Minister sounded this caution when she addressed MMDCEs drawn from five regions of Ghana, namely the Volta Region, Central, Western, Greater Accra and the Eastern Region, for a three-day workshop on Public Financial Management Act 2016, Act 921 in Koforidua, organised by the Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC), in collaboration with the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Local government and Rural Development.
The IMCC is tasked with the responsibility of coordinating all reform initiatives within the public sector, including the Agricultural, Health and Education sectors, as well as for the removing of cross-cutting bottlenecks and clearing contentious policy and implementation of issues which do not require Cabinet approval, she explained.
She explained that the new Public Financial Management Act is a sufficient step towards strengthening the public financial management systems to ensure fiscal discipline, effective and efficient use of public resources for the delivery of improved public services.
Ing Salifu Mahama, the Executive Secretary of Inter-Ministerial Coordinating Committee (IMCC), said among other things that, the introduction of the composite budget has given meaning to the principle of fiscal decentralization, by ensuring that appropriate financial arrangements are in place for assemblies to respond to service delivery needs of people.
Hence the passage of the Public Financial Management Act 2016 (Act 921) is a major leap as far as the implementation decentralization is concerned.
Hon Eric Kwakye Darfour, on his part, entreated the MMDCEs to give the training workshop their maximum attention so as to be abreast with the use of all funds at the assemblies.
“This training workshop should empower you to reduce drastically the numerous audit queries on the misapplication, misuse and the countless unaccountable monies during our appearances at the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament,” he said.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Ametewee S. Worlali, Koforidua