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

2017 Thomson Reuters Foundation Fellow: Gideon Sarpong (G. K. Sarpong) is a media practitioner with over six years of experience in content development and management, data and investigative journalism, policy analysis, production and e-commerce strategizing. Gideon is currently Director of Policy and Content Analysis at iWatch Africa. He is also the Brands and Communication Manager for Football 360, Kwese SportsXtra, on KFS and Celebrity Fanzone, The Tonight Show, and After Hours. Gideon is an e-commerce consultant for Department of Geography & Regional Planning and Department of Religion & Human Values at the University of Cape Coast. He is also a farmer and columnist for several local and international news portals. Gideon holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Policy Journalism and Illicit Financial Flows and is committed to promoting transparency and accountability using investigative & data journalism. Gideon is an author with over eight publications and a fellow of the Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI), Thomson Reuters Foundation (Wealth of Nations Program) and Bloomberg Philantropies (Data for Health).

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