The 2017 Auditor General’s report has revealed that public institutions including the Parliament of Ghana owe the Graphic Communications Group Limited huge sums of money for newspapers supplied to them.
According to the report, other state agencies and the various MMDAs also owe the company.
A member of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC), Dr Clement Apaak, surprisingly asked why an institution like the Parliament be indebted to the company despite the budget allocation for reading materials.
Managing Director of the Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL), Benjamin Ato Afful, answering to queries raised in the Audit Report, said numerous efforts to recover the amount owed have been futile.
The Managing Director said after the follow ups and a petitioned to the Speaker of Parliament, part payment was made by the House. However, he did not mention the exact amount owed by Parliament and other assemblies.
He revealed that the Information Minister and their supervisory body have been called upon to assist them recover these debts.
He also mentioned that, the company has two recovery agencies in place to recover money from recalcitrant clients.
“We consider the state and the state apparatus as critical partners to our information dissemination agenda and therefore we will continue to support them but we will also use this channel and this media to plead that this national asset would only survive when we support it to do so.
“So we would entreat yourself included to honour your payments that are due to us and we will continue to supply you accordingly”, Mr. Afful pleaded.
Apart from the arrears, the 2017 Auditor General’s reported that ¢7,312,674 value of various newspapers produced were not sold and recommended that management should improve the circulation of the Company’s products.
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