The President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs and the Paramount Chief of the Chiana Traditional Area in the Kassena-Nankana West District, Pe Ditundini Adiali Ayagitam has appealed to members of the Association of Educational Accountants Ghana (AEA) to ensure proper checks and balance in the procurement process to reflect their motto of integrity and accountability.

Speaking in an address at the Association’s 2019-2020 national annual conference held at GNAT Conference Hall in Bolgatanga, the Paramount Chief observed with checks and balance, hidden lapses and malfeasance can easily be identified and rectified to execute their profession with high ethical principles and also work within the tenants of probity and accountability. The 2019-2020 National Conference and annual general meeting were on the theme “Strengthening Controls in Public Financial Management in Ghana Education Service, the role of the Accountant. The Association of Educational Accountants Ghana (AEA) appealed to the government through the Ghana Education Service (GES) to challenge its members with promotional benefits to motivate them. The association wants its members who are Chartered Accountants to be promoted to the position of Payroll Auditors at various Educational Institutions. GES accountants drawn from all the sixteen regions of Ghana were admonished to give the best technical advice to the headmasters and develop a good rapport with them whilst, helping to monitor the work of the teachers, especially the non-teaching staff since the non-teaching staff give much credence to the accountants and take instructions from them more than the headmasters and their assistants.

They were charged to ensure value for money in the management of resources at their disposal by strictly following procurement laws. The leadership of the association said they will present a paper on an anomaly to TEWU of TUC Ghana concerning the promotion of Principal Accountants to the rank of Deputy Chief Accountants without a responsibility allowance. They noted that the association was in talks with TEWU of TUC to see how GES could occasionally pay for the cost of its member who may want to pursue professional academic courses. Touching on the need to practice within the professional ethics, members of the association especially the young ones were urged to see their academic advancement as a stepping stone to achieving the professional heights.

Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/Contributor Prosper Adankai

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