The Citizens Board has exclusively intercepted an audit report implicating the director/principal of the College of Health and Wellbeing, Kintampo Prof. Ahmed Oppong and the Health Training Institutions Secretariat, Accra of financial malfeasance.
The audit report reveals that a total of GHC 463,896.00 was inappropriately transferred by the director of the College in violation of all procurement policies, and without the consent and approval of any College advisory board to the Health Training Institutions Secretariat in Accra. The said amount, purported to be captured in accounting books at the Secretariat shows that it was meant for the procurement of a V8 which the auditors question.
The staff of the College has raised an objection to the transaction and are calling for the money to be fully refunded in line with the auditor’s recommendations else they will lock down the director’s office in the coming weeks if appropriate steps are not taken by the government to retrieve the money. They cite the fact that the college has many vehicles of which two are relatively new and suitable for use by the director suggesting that the procurement of a V8 was a waste a money. They particularly bemoan the dysfunctional state of the only two buses of the college which have been grounded for lack of maintenance, arguing that the money could be used to retrofit one of them in order to facilitate students’ movements for clinicals.
An examination of the auditor’s report indicates that the director was given an ultimatum (June 30, 2017) to retrieve the money from the secretariat or refund it in full with interest. The due date has passed and staff of the college has confided in the Citizens Board their dissatisfaction about the outstanding non-payment of the money by the director. They cannot understand why the government came into power on the back of zero tolerance for corruption and remain silent about this matter after they blew the alarm of the alleged malfeasance and petitioned the minister of health in its regard.
This story is unfolding and more rot will soon be published. Stay tuned.
The Auditor’s Report