Over GH¢1.2 billion saved after MoH contracts were reassessed in 2017 [Infographic]

Tracking government expenditure

iWatch Africa as part of our mandate to track government expenditure can confirm that a total amount of GH¢1,234,269,337.2 liability claims against the Ministry of Health (MoH) was rejected by the Auditor General partly due to the absence of documentary evidence.

This means that the government managed to save over GH¢1.2 billion which otherwise would have been paid out as liability claims.

Another very troubling development discovered during the assessment of the report on Liabilities of Ministries in Ghana was the difficulty of the Ministry of Finance (MoF) to reconcile its liability portfolio with figures provided by the Ministry of Health which resulted in huge discrepancies.

For example; a schedule of debt compiled by MoF on behalf of Ghana Health Service asserted that government was indebted to five contractors totaling GH¢14,742,846.39 as at 31 December, 2016. However, MoH asserted that government liability in relation to various transactions was GH¢1,003,951.30 as at 31 December, 2016.

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Below is an infographic breakdown of the liability claims that were rejected by the Auditor General under the Ministry of Health in 2017.

Over GH¢1.2 billion saved after MoH contracts were reassessed in 2017 [Infographic]-iWatch Africa

Report by  Gideon Sarpong | Policy Analyst |  iWatch Africa

 

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Gideon Sarpong

Gideon Sarpong is a policy analyst and media practitioner with over eight years of experience in policy, data and investigative 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 strategic project and policy focus for the organisation. He is an author; a fellow of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation, Commonwealth Youth Program ,Free Press Unlimited and Bloomberg Data for Health Initiative. Gideon holds a degree in economics from the University of Cape Coast, a PgD in Fiscal Policy for financing sustainable development from the African Institute for Economic Development and Planning, in South Africa and a PgD in Policy Journalism and Media Studies from the University of Zambia. He is the founder and country president of SOA Ghana Hub. Gideon is a Policy Leader Fellow at the European University Institute, School of Trans-national Governance in Florence.

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