The Auditor General has been tasked by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament to go after retirees who have stolen state funds and get the money back.
This is in response to officials from the Fisheries Commission appearing before the committee failing to account for US$20,000 paid to former commission employees for their international travels and GH30,000 paid to roughly seven other individuals to engage in related activities in the 2020 Auditor General’s report.
The Fisheries Commission officials claimed that the deplorable conditions of the retired employees were to blame for their inability to reclaim the funds.
Kwasi Amoako-Atta, a committee member, stated during the Public Accounts Committee meeting that the Auditor General must use all available means to recover the cash.
“There are a lot of people in this country, who think that if they embezzle funds which constitutes criminality and they go on retirement, that should be the end of it. It is not true. Crime is not time-bound. Crime has no time limitation. Even if you are on retirement, you can be pursued to answer for your actions. So even if they are on retirement we should ensure that they return the money to the government.” Amoako-Atta added.