CONTROLLER AND ACCOUNTANT GENERAL BEGINS WORKING VISIT TO REGIONS

The Controller and Accountant General, Mr. Eugene Asante Ofosuhene has paid  Working Visits to the Volta and Central Regions as part of the  first leg of his planned tour of the  10 Regions of Ghana.

He was accompanied on the visits by the Ag. Deputy Controller and Accountant General in charge of Finance and Administration, Mr. Sampson Asare Fianko, the Assistant Controller and Accountant General, in charge of Administration Mr. Samuel Quarque Duedu, the Director of Public Relations, Mr. Kweku Sersah-Johnson, and an Officer from the PR Directorate, Mr.  Michael Tweneboah Kodua.

COURTESY CALL ON REGIONAL MINISTER
On arrival at the CAGD Regional Directorate at Ho, the Regional Capital, the delegation was received by the Regional CAGD Director, Mr. Edward Samlafo who led the Controller to pay a courtesy call on the Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibold Yao Letsa.
Dr. Letsa welcomed the Controller and Accountant General and expressed his appreciation for the visit and that he had had to cancel a scheduled appointment in order to meet him because of the importance he attached to the CAG’s visit to the  Region. In his response Mr. Ofosuhene said the Volta Region was the first point of call in his planned Working visits to the Regions to interact with the CAGD staff, know their challenges and programmes and to share his vision with them.

STAFF DURBAR
The Controller and Accountant General addressed a Durbar held in his honor by the Regional Director and his team. This was made up of District Finance Officers, Treasury Officers, Accountants and other staff of the Department. He apprised them of major interventions, policies and activities being rolled out by the Headquarters and Government all aimed at enhancing service delivery in Public Financial Management in the country.
Mr.Ofosuhene disclosed that some of the key interventions included the Ghana Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS), the Electronic Salary Payment Voucher (E-SPV) the Public Financial Management Reform Project (PFMRP), the Treasury Single Account (TSA)  and the promulgation of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921).
He informed them about a Committee he has set up to advise him on the review of the Scheme of Service of the Accounting Class. He also talked about the new dawn at the CAGD where discipline of staff is being instilled and called for the cooperation of all to help lift the image and reputation of the Department.

CENTRAL REGIONAL TOUR
The second point of call was the Central Region where the Controller and his entourage visited on November 8, 2017. He was received on arrival at the Regional Office of the CAGD in Cape Coast by Mr. Victor Donkor, the Regional CAGD Director who had apparently resumed office there barely two months earlier.
Mr. Eugene Ofosuhene began his tour of the Region with a courtesy call on the Hon. Central Regional Minister, Mr. Kwamena Duncan who expressed his delight for the Controller and Accountant General for making the Central Region part of his first leg of his (CAG’S) Regional Working Visits. He congratulated the CAG for his appointment and said he was optimistic that the Controller will excel in his position because of his ‘vast experience and competences’.

CENTRAL DURBAR

A Staff Durbar, as was the case in the Volta Region, was held in honour of the Controller and Accountant General at the Pempamsie Hotel owned by the Civil and Local Government Staff Association (CLOSAG) because the Cape Coast Regional CAGD office had challenges with space/premises to host the event. The Controller shared his vision and the activities being rolled out as in the Ho Durbar

OPEN FORUM/ISSUES AT STAKE

At both the Ho and Cape Coast Durbars, the Regional staffers were given the opportunity during the Durbar to ask questions and to make comments and contributions relating to improvement and enhancement of their work. Major issues raised included delay in promotions, the need for additional staff, involvement of CAGD staff in the Validation of Worker’s Salaries, non-cooperation of some Heads of Agencies and Assemblies with Controller staff, requisition for Financial Reporting Format as against the International Public Sector Accounting Standards (IPSAS), alleged maltreatment/disrespect for visiting Regional CAGD staff by staff at the Treasury Headquarters, the suspension of Treasury funds from Headquarters to the Regions and the need for the deployment of Virtual Private Network (VPN) to enhance the effectiveness of GIFMIS and the E-SPV
Other concerns raised included alleged disparities in salaries of CAGD staff and other staff in similar organizations, difficulties in accessing transfer grants from the Assembly, the plight of Staff who obtain Master’s Degrees and other higher Educational qualifications but were not promoted and the Bank of Ghana’s ceiling of GHC5,000.00 (Five thousand Cedis) per week in the Districts as well as Staff and office accommodation. The Controller and his team responded and or provided answers and explanations to the issues raised by the staff.

INSPECTION OF OFFICES

In Ho, the CAG and his entourage inspected the Regional offices including the Transactions Processing Centre (TPC) to acquaint themselves with the facility. The team also inspected to the Cape Coast CAGD offices.

WORKING VISIT TO DISTRICTS
As part of the itinerary, the Controller and his delegation visited two Districts in each Region. In the Volta Region the delegation visited the Central Tongue District at Adidome and the South Tongue District at Sogakope where they interacted with the staff and other Assembly officials.
In the Central Region, the Team visited the Komeda Edina Eguafo Abirem (KEEA) Municipal Assembly where they met with CAGD staff together with the Municipal Chief Executive, Nana Appiah Korang and the Mfantsiman Municipal Assembly which received the team with the Mr. Kenneth Kelly Essuman, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).
To all intents and purposes, the Working Visit of the Controller and Accountant General to the Volta and Central Regions as the beginning of his planned working visit to the 10 Regions were very successful. The interaction with staff of the Regional and District Offices were fruitful, insightful, meaningful and tremendously raised the moral of the staff.