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The Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) on Wednesday admitted delaying transfer of workers’ social security contributions to the Bank of Ghana in recent past.

This was done without the knowledge of the workers, and the department went scot-free, even though such a practice normally attracted penalties.

What is more, officials of the Auditor General’s outfit say they are not aware of such delays.

The admission was made at a public hearing of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, which is considering the Reports of the Auditor General on the Public Accounts (Consolidated Fund) for the years ended 31st December 2012 and 2013.

In attendance were Mr Cassiel Ato Forson, Deputy Minister of Finance and Ms Grace Adzroe, the Controller and Accountant-General.

The hearing which began on Monday would end on Thursday.

The Committee pointed out that the law was clear that penalties must be paid on such delay.

When asked how much SSNIT contribution monies was to be paid to the Central Bank by the CAGD, the Deputy Minister, who was testifying on oath, appealed to the Committee to seek confirmation to later provide the answer.

Wednesday’s sitting also probed for answers on deficiencies on Government of Ghana balances, debt management, recovery of dividends and late transfer of monies in the District Assemblies Common Fund.
Source: GNA

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