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Samuel Tetteh Korboe, outgoing Chair of the Audit Committee, ISD Samuel Tetteh Korboe, outgoing Chair of the Audit Committee, ISD

Samuel Tetteh Korboe, the outgoing Chairman of the Audit Committee of the Information Services Department (ISD), has urged the Department to review its charges and tenancy agreement to shove up its revenue.

He cited for example the Department’s landed properties located in prime areas like Kanda and North Industrial Area, saying rent paid by occupants did not reflect the key locations of the properties.

Mr Korboe said this when the Audit Committee of the Information Services Department on Friday October 9, 2021 officially ended its four years of tenure in office.

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The Committee, which was constituted in 2017, had its mandate renewed in 2019 after the first term of two years of service.

He said the Committee had a very fruitful working relationship with the Department and hoped the Department would extend the same level of support and cooperation to the next committee.

He said, however, that the Committee detected few audit infractions during the four-year term of office and, therefore, asked the management to build the capacity of the staff of the Internal Audit Unit and the Accounts Section to enable them to tighten all the financial transactions to nip future audit infractions at the bud.

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Korboe recommended to the management to seek advice from public institutions such as the Internal Audit Agency (IAA), Ministry of Finance, Controller and Accountant-Generals Department to help the Department sanitise its financial transactions.

On his part, the Acting Chief Information Officer, David Owusu-Amoah, noted that because of the good counsel of the Committee for the past four years, the Department never appeared before Public Accounts Committee to answer questions.

“Although there were challenges before and after the inauguration, the Audit Committee has helped us do things in the right way,” he added.

He said the ISD had learnt a lot of lessons from their services and pledged the support of the Department to the next Committee to be constituted.

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Members of the Committee were Mr Samuel Tetteh Korboe (Institute of Charted Accountant, Ghana), Andrews Anim- Boateng (Internal Audit Agency), Mr Frank K. Amedume (IAA), Ethel Codjoe Amissah (ISD) and Kwamena Yartel Amuah (ISD).

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