The Department of Public Works and Housing on Thursday set up an eight-member government building inventory committee to identify and recover government buildings illegally taken by certain people across the country.
The committee, chaired by Mr. Brian Acheampong, Member of Parliament for Abetifi constituency, has among its members Ms. Gloria Nana Yaa Nartey (PWD, Prestige), Dr. Anim Odame, Senior Technical Advisor (National Development Planning Commission), and Mr. Solomon Osei Gyamera (Ministry of Finance).
The others are: Ms. Laura Tetteh, Estate Manager, Land Commission, Ms. Joyce Wereko-Ampim Opoku, Managing Director, Mr. Collins Atta Tabiri (National Investment Bank) and Mr. Daniel Nii Tackie, Deputy Auditor General (Rtd) .
Sector Minister Francis Asenso-Boakye said some people for years had illegally taken and used government buildings for homes and other purposes, while others had left some as a legacy for them. their families.
He said the ministry, in carrying out its mandate under section 52 of the 2016 Public Financial Management Act, decided to undertake an inventory of government buildings, both residential and offices, across the country to retrieve those lost.
“It is important to note that, in recent times, the ministry is losing track of government properties that are under its supervision across the country and, as a result, it has become necessary to conduct a full inventory.
“Among other things, it is also a matter of capturing the current state of these properties, verifying their integrity and recovering government properties located across the country which have fallen into illegal hands,” the minister said.
As part of its mandate, the Committee should, within three months, validate the exercise and location of government buildings, offices and housing, verify their integrity and determine their functionality.
It also involves compiling data on properties occupied by retired officials who continued to live in official bungalows and / or bequeathed those properties to relatives, and to identify the locations of the properties, their condition as well as the persons or institutions occupying them.
The committee is also responsible for reconciling and preparing reports on property records and establishing accountability and responsibility on the properties.
Members must also liaise with metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies for the conduct of the physical inventory of government buildings in order to attest to the physical existence of these properties.
Mr. Asenso-Boakye said: “I have no doubt that the members will carry out their mission in accordance with the principles of public service and in the interest of the country”.
Mr. Acheampong, chairman of the committee, assured on behalf of the members that they would work diligently to audit and make an appropriate inventory of government assets for the state.
He said they accept the responsibility given to them to take inventory of government properties to ensure their safety, as this will contribute significantly to nation-building.
“We thank the minister for the invitation to serve the state by helping to audit government buildings and structures across the county. We accept this responsibility and we will do our best to work within the 90 days allotted to us to deliver, ”he assured.