The Committee for Joint Action (CJA) has called on government to take steps to retrieve all monies lost to the state through negligence of public officers.

Addressing a news conference in Accra on Wednesday, the Spokesperson for the CJA, Mr. Kwasi Adu, said persons found to have acted in a manner that flouted existing laws on the disbursement of public funds as captured in the Auditor-General’s report should be made to face the law.

The CJA said it would fight corruption wherever it existed.

Mr Adu said that would discourage dubious official from lining their pockets with public funds.

He called on the managers of the judiciary to put their house in order and ensure that rules and regulations governing the utilisation of public funds under their watch are strictly adhered to.

The group, he said expressed its gratitude to the Auditor-General for identifying the rot in the Judicial Service in which a whopping money of GH¢33, 765, 645, 82 got lost to the state in bizarre circumstances from January 2008 to December 2009.

The Auditor-General’s report stated that “There was improper maintenance of records” in which the service responded by saying that an electronic cashbook system had been introduced to avoid the use of cheques stubs in writing the cashbook.

Again an issue of “Non-preparation of annual financial system and failure to prepare payment vouchers, the service responded that payment vouchers which were not produced during the auditing are now available.

The spokesperson also indicated that there were other issues involving corruption, maladministration, malfeasance and incompetence raised in the report were responded to, but “issues pertaining to funds amounting to $65,928.78 wrongly withdrawn from their dollar account for foreign travels, accommodation and other payments were not responded to by the service”.

He also stated that, in 2008 and 2009 various cheques and claims of purchased goods and services to the tuned of GH¢248,613 .84 was issued by the Judicial Service without showing any records, receipt and usage of the money.

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