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Poor record keeping frustrates work of Sole Commissioner (Ghana)

by Integrity of information, Lack of transparency, Records management non-compliance, Systemic failure

Poor keeping of critical national documents is threatening to hamper the work of the Judgement Debt Commission (JDC) as witnesses continue to plead for more time to search for and furnish the commission with documents on judgement debt payments.

At the public sitting of the JDC in Accra yesterday, the Sole Commissioner, Justice Yaw Appau, had no choice but give officials of the Controller and Accountant-General’s Department (CAGD) and the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning (MOFEP) more time to search for documents on judgement debt payments.

The commission had requested the two institutions and others to furnish it with documents on judgement debt payments and related matters in their possession from 1992 to 2012.

But the Deputy Controller and Accountant-General in charge of Treasury, James Ntim Amponsah, told the JDC yesterday that frantic efforts by CAGD officials to retrieve documents lodged at the Public Records Administration and Archives Department (PRAAD) had so far proved futile.

Read more: Peace FM online, February 14, 2013

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