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Road Fund Secretariat denies misusing road tolls
 
Posted on: 29-Jun-2013         Source: citifmonline.com
 
 
 
The Ghana Road Fund Secretariat has denied misappropriating revenue generated from road tolls.

A recent report published by the Auditor General’s Department revealed massive corruption in the administration of the road fund.

The report sought to expose the alleged rot at the Road Fund Secretariat with the impression that the Secretariat failed to account for more than 9 million cedis between January and June 2010.

It was also uncovered that some tickets were issued to the road fund secretariat by the Controller and Accountant General’s Department.

But Deputy Director of Engineering at the Ghana Road Fund Secretariat, Engineer Ibrahim Seidu, deflated the report in an interview with Citi News and said it was misplaced.

He explained: “We were very surprised about it because this is an audit report from January 2008 and June 2010 and so this report has been discussed already in the year 2011 so it came as a surprise that this issue was raised again in the wake of the Ashiaman skirmishes.”

Engineer Seidu said the Secretariat sufficiently responded to all the issues that were raised by the Auditor Generals Department.

“We had sufficiently responded to all the issues that were raised; in fact it is not money per se as they said was not accounted for, these are tickets that were supposed to be issued at the time we were going to start new rates for the tolls in February 2010.”

He disclosed that the value was Gh10.4 million as captured in the Auditor General’s Department to be Ghc9 million cedis.

“We collected these tickets from the Controller and Accountant Generals Department and we issued them out to the stations all over the country; so is either they refused to understand us or they don’t understand operations at the toll booths.”

Engineer Seidu accused the media of false reportage and asked them to be truthful.