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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE

It has come to the notice of Management of the Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD), a news item circulating on social media about a staff who has been quarantined upon arrival from Italy.

Management wishes to state that no such incident has occurred at the Head Office and all CAGD Regional Offices and that the general public should disregard this information.

Management also wishes to state categorically that, preparations for the payment of March salaries is on course and Government workers will receive their salaries on the scheduled pay date.

KWASI KWANNING- BOSOMPEM

AG. CONTROLLER AND ACCOUNTANT GENERAL


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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE – 17-03-2020 (PDF)

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The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has officially opened its annual conference in Takoradi

The two-day conference, which is on the theme, “Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda: The Role of the Public Sector Accountant” will be used to deliberate on how public sector accountants could contribute to achieving the Ghana Beyond Aid Agenda.

It would also be used to sensitise participants to the Public Financial Management (PFM) Act, Act 921, which was passed into law by Parliament to ensure effective fiscal discipline in the management of public resources and promote transparency and accountability.

A total of 425 delegates, comprising Heads of Account at the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs), Regional Directors of CAGD, Finance Officers at the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs), and Regional Coordinating Councils (RCCs) are attending.

Also in attendance are a number of dignitaries from both the private and public sector, including; seasoned accountants and financial management experts whose activities had a bearing on the operations of the CAGD.

Among the topics to be discussed include; consequences of audit infractions, pension planning (Tier 2 and 3 Pension Schemes), and corporate governance: reforms in Ghana public sector, and fraud, forensic accounting and forensic auditing.

Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, Western Regional Minister in his welcoming address, noted that as public sector accountants, they had a duty to the public not only to receive, disburse and account for public funds, but to also guide the MMDAs and MDAs on “how to make money”.

He indicated that the role of today’s public sector accountant was not limited to the efficient use of public funds, but wealth creation through innovative means and challenged them to lead in the crusade for wealth creation and improved service delivery as their identifiable contribution to the Ghana Beyond Aid agenda.

Controller And Accountant General Withholds Salaries Of 1,975 Public Servants

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has withheld the salaries of some Public servants who have been affected by the closure of three banks recently.

It is estimated that 1,975 public servants on the government payroll accessed their salaries through the GN Bank, First Allied Savings and Loans Co Ltd and Women’s World Banking Savings and Loans Co. Ltd which were among the 23 financial institutions that were closed down by the Bank of Ghana on August 16.

GN Savings and Loans Ltd holds the accounts of 1,950 public servants while First Allied Savings and Loans Co. Ltd and Women’s World Banking Savings and Loans Co. Ltd hold the accounts of five and 20 public servants respectively.

In advising the affected workers, the CADG has also asked that the workers furnish the department with their new account numbers as soon as possible to facilitate the payment of their salaries.

In an interview with the Daily Graphic, the Controller and Accountant-General, Mr K. K. Bosompem, said his outfit was holding the August 2019 salaries of the affected workers until the new accounts were submitted as advised.

“Subsequent to the revocation of the licences of some savings and loans companies and finance house holdings by the Bank of Ghana, through which some public servants are paid, our department advised affected employees to open new bank accounts with the bank of their choice and submit the new account details to their respective MDAs for capture,” Mr Bosompem said.

“The MDAs would in turn submit the new account information received from the affected staff to the Payroll Processing Division of the CAGD for loading onto the payroll system to enable the employees to access their accounts.

“Again, we are urging all third-party institutions affected by the BoG measures also to submit their new bank details to the CAGD for the payment of deductions held on their behalf by the department,” Mr Bosompem said.

Mr. Bosompem apologized for any inconveniences the new directive might cause but indicated it was meant to safeguard the income of affected employees.

He said a circular would be sent to all MDAs and heads of departments to take the necessary steps to ensure the affected workers were paid on time.

Licence Revocation

The Bank of Ghana, BoG has revoked the licences of twenty-three (23) insolvent savings and loans companies and finance house companies.

The central bank in a statement said the revocation of the licences of these institutions has become necessary because they are insolvent even after a reasonable period within which the Bank of Ghana had engaged with them in the hope that they would be recapitalized by their shareholders to return them to solvency.”

“It is the Bank of Ghana’s assessment that these institutions have no reasonable prospects of recovery, and that their continued existence poses severe risks to the stability of the financial system and to the interests of their depositors,” the statement added.

BoG in the statement explained that the actions “were taken pursuant to Section 123 (1) of the Banks and Specialised Deposit-Taking Institutions Act, 2016 (Act 930), which requires the Bank of Ghana to revoke the licence of a Bank or Specialised Deposit-Taking Institution (SDI) where the Bank of Ghana determines that the institution is insolvent. The Bank of Ghana has also appointed Mr Eric Nipah as a Receiver for the specified institutions in line with section 123 (2) of Act 930.”

Some of the affected companies include: GN Savings and Loans Ltd, Ideal Finance Ltd, Unicredit Savings and Loans Ltd, Global Access Savings and Loans Company Ltd, Accent Financial Services Ltd, Midland Savings and Loans Company Ltd, First Allied Savings and Loans Co. Ltd

Chief Directors Of MDAS Sensitized To New Accounting Standards

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has asked all ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) to brace up for a full implementation of the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS) by 2022.

According to the Controller and Accountant-General, Mr Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, the IPSAS was meant to improve on transparency and accountability in the management of public resources.

The IPSAS is a set of standards set up by the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) to regulate and guide the preparation, presentation and disclosure of financial statements to improve public sector financial management.
The overall objective of the IPSAS is to ensure that the MDAs prepare complete and concise financial statements to ensure efficient use of public resources.

 

Timelines
Although Ghana announced the adoption of the IPSAS in 2014 and gave 2019 as the deadline for its implementation, the country could not meet the timeline.

Addressing the opening session of a sensitisation forum for chief directors of MDAs in Accra yesterday, Mr Kwaning-Bosompem announced that the new deadline for implementation of the IPSAS was now 2022.

He said the sensitisation forum for the chief directors was the first of many workshops to build the capacity of top officials and technical staff of MDAs and metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) on the new financial management regime.

New regimeMr Kwaning-Bosompem explained that while the current financial reporting system was not comprehensive enough, the IPSAS regime thrived on an accrual reporting system which was more encompassing and transparent.

For instance, he said at the end of the year, the government had unpaid bills but those were not reported in the current financial statements, adding that  the accrual reporting system on the other hand, would state clearly the outstanding bills so that when the budget was being reported, the unpaid bills would be taken cognisance of.

“The country stands to benefit from a comprehensive reporting system because information is money and when you have good information, you attract investors because there is a transparency regime,” he added.
Mr Kwaning-Bosompem said the CAGD was committed to leveraging technology to improve the country’s financial management system.

He urged all MDAs to strictly comply with a directive to use the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS) platform for all government businesses.

Benefits
The Vice-President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants, Ghana (ICAG), Dr Williams Abayaawien Atuilik, for his part, said the accrual financial reporting system would help address lapses in public financial management.
“The Attorney-General’s Department always makes reference to inadequate information in financial statements prepared by the MDAs and public sector institutions.

The fact is that we are doing partial accounting which does not give a full picture of our debts, assets and commitments and people have to be commissioned to extract information from elsewhere.

If we want to do perfect financial reporting, accrual system is the way to go,” he stressed. Dr Atuilik said the new financial reporting regime would facilitate the monitoring of public assets and the public purse.

The Head of Civil Service, Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena, who also addressed the session, said the accrual reporting system would help improve service delivery and the performance of public institutions.
It was his take that if the country wanted to improve on its financial management system, the way forward was to embrace the new reporting regime.

Nana Dwamena underscored the need for capacity-building programmes for technical staff in the MDAs and the MMDAs for the smooth take-off of the new reporting system.

 

Background:

Ghana announced the adoption of the IPSAS accrual system in 2014 and was expected to roll it out between 2015 and 2019.

Following the country’s inability to meet the deadline, it was rescheduled for 2022.
The implementation of the IPSAS is expected to strengthen the Public Financial Management (PFM) reform strategy and the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information Systems (GIFMIS).

 

 

Source: Daily Graphic

CAGD Sensitizes Chief Directors Of MDAS On IPSAS

The Controller and Accountant General’s Department (CAGD) has sensitized Chief Directors of the various Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) on the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), which, Ghana has set out to implement to improve its public accounts.

The adoption and implementation of IPSAS have been identified as one of the critical programmes in the Public Financial Management Reforms currently underway in Ghana, and it is expected to improve fiscal transparency and accountability.

The CAGD, therefore held the sensitization on Tuesday, as part of the implementation processes of the IPSAS- a comprehensive set of standards to regulate and guide the preparation, presentation and disclosure of the general purposes financial statements in the Public Sector.

The International Public Sector Accounting Standard Board (IPSASB), an organ of the International Federation of Accountants (IFAC) developed the IPSAS for all countries of the world.

Mr Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, Acting Controller and Accountant General, told the chief directors, that they were critical partners in the successful implementation of the IPSAS, which applied to all public sector entities excerpt government business enterprises set up for commercial purposes.

He said the implementation of the IPSAS would further strengthen the Public Financial Management Reforms Strategy and the effective use of the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System.
He said for a long time, prior to the adoption of the IPSAS in 2014, the public Accounts of Ghana had been prepared in compliance with the Generally Accepted Accounting Principles in accordance with the financial laws such as FAD 1979, Financial Administrations Act 2003 on Cash Basis.

However, realizing the shortcomings of the cash base accounting, the CAGD had in recent years, moved to the use of the Modified Accrual Basis, which was not totally in line with international standards, and had invariably, affected Ghana’s Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability ratings.

“It is, therefore, a relief that the Ministry of Finance approved the adoption and implementation of the IPSAS, which ensures Public Accounts are prepared on Accrual Basis”, Mr Kwaning-Bosopem said, adding that, the IPSAS implementation was launched in November 2018 with an initial sensitisation programmes organized for Accounting officers from the MDAs in Accra early this year.

He said when the Accrual Basis IPSAS was implemented; it would lead to the matching of revenue with expenditure in the period it relates, to give an accurate assessment of the financial performance of the Government.
It would ensure that long term expenditure incurred for the acquisition of assets were spread over the useful life of the assets, while providing accurate and adequate data for effective management and safeguarding of government fixed assets as well as ensuring regular review of the state of such assets.

Nana Kwasi Agyekum Dwamena, Head of Civil Service, commended the CAGD for engaging the Chief Directors as technical and bureaucratic Heads of the MDAs, in the sensitisation of the IPSAS, saying that, as spending officers, it was in order for them to know about the system and the legal framework of their responsibilities towards the successful implementation of the IPSAS.

Dr Willams Abayaawien Atuilek, a member of the IPSAS Implementation Committee, in a presentation, said many countries had followed through and were currently implementing IPSAS to ensure they conformed to international standardisation.

He said IPSAS, would improve government financial reporting in terms of completeness, consistency and compliance as well as aiding financial information flow, adding that, the Accrual Basis that had been adopted by Ghana had 42 standards that were required to be implemented.
He said IPSAS would also ensure proper monitoring of all public financial accounts, thereby promoting transparency and quality service delivery in the public sector.

Dr Atuilek said Ghana expected to fully implement the IPSAS by 2022, adding that, the process also included consistent training of all financial and account officers of the MDAS and other stakeholders, as well as evaluation of all financial assets of the states.

The World Bank through the Swiss Government is supporting the implementation process of IPSAS, Dr Atuilek said.
Mr Samuel Aryee, Chairman of IPSAS Implementation Committee, and Deputy Controller and Accountant General in charge of ICT and Information Management Services, said the implementation was being done together with the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

 

 

Source: ghananewsagency.org