A 2020 report from the Auditor General’s Department has disclosed that the former Executive Director of the Ghana Standards Authority, Dr. George Ben Crentsil was paid double salary for 6 years.

According to the report, the anomaly started from 2011 to 2017 and it also included bonuses and allowances.

The AG in his recommendation called on the current management of the Authority to retrieve Gh¢342,068.70 from Dr. Crentsil.

“Dr. George Ben Crentsil, the former Executive Director, was paid double salary-related allowances of Gh¢342,068.70 by the Authority from January 2011 to January 2017. We recommended to Management to take the necessary steps to recover GH¢342,068.70 wrongly paid to Dr. George Ben Crentsil, the former Executive Director and our office informed for verification,”

the report stated.

The Auditor General has released its report for state institutions and there has been a number of procurement infractions in many of these institutions.

At the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC), the management engaged in procurement breaches worth $34 million. Acting Auditor General Acting Auditor General

“Contrary to the above provisions, we noted from the sampled records reviewed that the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) signed and awarded five (5) international business contracts to five foreign suppliers or contractors using Single-Source method in four of those transactions and in one instance used the Restricted Tendering method without seeking for the necessary Parliamentary approvals. The five contracts totalled US$34,165,235.15, and £464,963.13”, the report said.

“This practice has the tendency of not allowing the intentions of the promulgators of the law (1992 Constitution) inure to the benefit of the State. It also denies the Law makers the opportunity to make inputs towards such transactions. Thus, the absence of above could plunge GNPC into paying for higher contract sums and possible judgment debts,” the report said.

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