The Ministry of Communication has denied allegations published by some media outlets suggesting that the Auditor-General uncovered in its 2018 report that the ministry overspent its 2017 budget by over GHS2 million without parliamentary approval.
In a statement released on Friday, 16 August 2019, Deputy Minister of Communication, George Nenyi Andah, was emphatic that: “The ministry does not offer any paid-for services, and, therefore, does not generate any internal funds and cannot disburse something it doesn’t generate. It is, therefore, illogical for any publication to suggest and misinform the public that the ministry, in 2017, overspent its Internally-Generated Fund (IGF) without authorisation from Parliament”.
Mr Andah said the ministry “has never been summoned before the Public Accounts Committee to respond to any matters relating to IGF as of the year ended 31 December 2018”, adding that: “The reports of the Public Accounts Committee are public documents from which this fact can be established by any party”.
He said the public should, therefore, disregard the media reports to the contrary and treat such reports with the contempt they deserve.
“We assure the public that we will continue to be a responsible ministry, serving the good people of Ghana diligently, in order to deliver on our mandate as directed by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, and in accordance with the law,” Mr Andah added.