How Assemblies in Ghana mismanaged their Common Fund [Infographic]

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The 2016 Management and Utilisation of District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other Statutory Funds report released by the Auditor General has revealed that among the 216 Assemblies across the ten regions of Ghana, Assemblies in the Greater Region mismanaged the least of funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 33,392,496.94 released to the assemblies in Greater Accra Region in 2016, GH¢ 1,589,612.14, representing 4.76% was not properly accounted for according to the report.

iWatch Africa assessment of the Auditor General’s report also revealed that out of a total GH¢ 352,286,432.22 allotted to all 216 Assemblies, GH¢ 70,173,645.97, representing 19.92% was not properly accounted for.

Assemblies in the Volta Region mismanaged most of the funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 39,846,537.39 released to the twelve Assemblies in the Volta Region in 2016, GH¢ 13,428,234.45, representing 33% was not properly accounted for.

This finding is alarming especially as the current administration expects 85% of local government budget for 2017 to be funded by donors.

Below is an infographic report:

The 2016 Management and Utilisation of District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other Statutory Funds report released by the Auditor General has revealed that among the 216 Assemblies across the ten regions of Ghana, Assemblies in the Greater Region mismanaged the least of funds that were allotted them. Out of a total of GH¢ 33,392,496.94 released to the assemblies in Greater Region in 2016, GH¢ 1,589,612.14, representing 33% was not properly accounted for according to the report.

Credit: Gideon Sarpong | iWatch Africa

 

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a media practitioner with over six years experience in data, investigative and policy journalism. Gideon is currently the Policy and News Director at iWatch Africa. His major role includes developing news strategy for correspondents across Ghana, as well as designing project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author with over eight publications; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program), Commonwealth Youth Program (DYLP) and Bloomberg Data for Health Program. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast and PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is a firm believer in the use of data journalism and technology for development and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability in Africa.

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