May 11, 2018

Public Account Committee of Parliament (PAC) has called for an upward review of rents charged on government bungalows is some Assemblies.

According to the chairman of the committee the current rent on government bungalows at the districts were not economical.

He further added that the review of the rents upward should reflect the realities on the grounds and directed his call to District Chief Executives and Financial Directors on low rent charged on government bungalows.

The Financial Director of the Kadjebi Municipal Assembly, Mac George Apetorgbo told the committee that rent on a two bedroom apartment goes for GHC14 Ghana cedis a month and even at that occupants fail to pay.

Dr. James Avedzi urged auditors to monitor the renovation that occupants of government bungalows made to ensure that the costs of renovations were not inflated.

And urged the assemblies to take steps to retrieve all the outstanding rent arrears and report same to the auditors for verification.

According to the Auditor General’s report, the financial memoranda for District Assemblies, finance officers were required to support their payments with invoices or other vouchers.

The affected Districts are Agotime-Ziepe, Biakoye, Central Tongu, Hohoe, Keta, Krachi East, North Tongu and South Tongu.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/