You’II be punished if you spend outside GIFMAS-CAG warns

Spending officers who spend outside the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS) will no more be tolerated, the Controller and Accountant General (CAG), Mr Kwesi Kwaning-Bosompem, has warned.

Speaking at a three -day national training programme on public sector financial management organised for middle level accounting officers of the Controller and Accountant General Department (CAGD)  in the Western and Western  North regions  in Takoradi on Tuesday, he added that offenders would be sanctioned in accordance with the laws.

The workshop is being organised to help the officers discuss ongoing reforms within the public sector.

“Indeed, Regulation 81 and 82 of the Public Management Financial (PFM) Act, 2016, Act 921, mandate all Principal Spending Officers of covered entities to use the GIFMIS to process all financial transaction. Payments outside the GIFMIS must stop. The use of GIFMIS is to promote transparency, record keeping and accounting reporting. You can’t commit government with expenses without using the GIFMIS. The Auditor General will disallow such an expenditure and you will have to pay.  Can you imagine what will happen when you are made to pay such expenses?”

He continued: “GIFMIS is an important tool in the PFM value chain. Very soon, some of you will be called to the headquarters to be questioned; so take note and comply with the law.  You will have no excuses. And you in the regions must use the GIFMIS in all financial transactions for transparency. I repeat!  Payment outside the GIFMIS must stop.”

He added: “Our inability to exercise our advisory role effectively has contributed to most of the infractions contained in the Auditor General’s report on Ministries Department and Agencies and the Assemblies.The PFM Act enacted  in 2016 and its  related regulations  provide a sound legal and institutional foundation for  the regulation of financialmanagement  in Ghana, they  define  responsibility  of persons entrusted  with the management  and  control of public resources,ensuring that  public funds are sustainable and consistent with the  level  of public debt,” Mr Kwaning-Bosompem said.

By: Rashid Obodai Provencal

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