The Auditor-General has revealed that funds meant for the Marine Drive Project were misapplied by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture under the leadership of Catherine Afeku.
The amount, GH¢387,196.00 was used for the celebration of the 2018 All Africa Music Awards (AFRIMA), Kundum Festival, and other activities.
“In contravention of Section 7 of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921), we noted that funds meant for the Marine Drive project amounting to GH¢387,196.00 were misapplied for the celebration of AFRIMA, Kundum Festival, and other activities,” parts of the Auditor General’s report read.
The details provided showed that an amount of GH¢100,000.00 was paid to Palm Media Ghana Ltd. for the launch of AFRIMA 2018 which was held from May 17, 2018, to May 19, 2018.
Also, GH¢200,000 was released to support Kundum Festival held from September 1 to 9, 2018.
The report also revealed that on March 7, 2018, GH¢13,296.00 was paid as an accountable imprest to the Minister, Catherine Afeku, to travel to the Western Region on official assignment.
Moreover, there was a “payment of allowance of GH¢900.00 forbid opening panel for procurement of vehicle” on May 3, 2018.
All of these funds, according to the Auditor General, were paid by the Chief Director of the Ministry.
“We recommended that the Chief Director should ensure a refund from the operations account into the Marine Drive project account, failing which the amount should be recovered from the Chief Director,” the report added.
“We recommended that the Chief Director should ensure the recovery of the vehicles from the above-named individuals. We further recommended that the use of the vehicles by the individuals should attract rental charges at the current rental rate for the period during which the vehicles have been in their possession,” parts of the report read.
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