Minister To Discipline M/DCEs for…

The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo, has decided to take disciplinary action against 17 out of the 21 municipal/district chief executives (M/DCEs) in the region for reporting late at a public function. The M/DCEs, together with heads of ministries, departments and other top officials of the assemblies as well as members of the Audit Report Implementation Committee (ARIC) were supposed to report at the New Capital View Hotel, Koforidua, at 8am on Monday for a sensitization seminar on auditing. But by 10.30am only four of the M/DCEs, namely Messrs Joseph Omari (Kwahu South), Napoleon Amoako (Birim North), Joseph Tetteh Angmor (Upper Manya) and Tom Budu Akyemansa and a handful for the other participants were present. That angered Mr Ofosu Ampofo, who said he had taken the issue very seriously and would punish the district political heads, although he did not specify the nature of the disciplinary action. “You are being paid with the taxpayer’s money and given all the necessary support, including vehicles to be prompt at public functions, and I will not take any explanation for not being able to come at the appropriate time.” He then directed the officials registering the participants to provide him with the list of the M/DCEs who reported late for the necessary sanctions. Later in an address, Mr Ofosu asked ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs) as well as the Municipal/District assemblies which had not yet constituted ARICs to do so in order to ensure that recommendations contained in all audit reports in their respective organisations would be implemented.