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Auditor-General’s report inaccurate and misleading – Zoomlion

Zoomlion Ghana Limited says accusations brought up against the company in a report of the Auditor-General on the Management and Utilization of the District Assemblies Common is inaccurate and misleading.

The report revealed that, Zoomlion paid an amount of “GHc3.8million for no work done”.

Among other issues the report unraveled that “the Administrator of the District Assembly Common Fund paid Zoomlion Ghana Ltd a total amount of GHc3,801,530.00 for fumigation and SIP services for 38 newly created Assemblies for first quarter of 2018, when the assemblies had not begun work.

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Responding to the report in a press release issued by the Communication Directorate of Zoomlion, it said “On the issue of the refund of GHc3,801,530.00 the company wishes to state that upon becoming aware of the payment, the company and the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies for which payment was made (“the affected MMDAs”), constituted a team of joint representatives to determine the status of the first quarter payments. The team completed its work and submitted a report to the parties.

“Subsequently, the parties passed a resolution dated May 7, 2019 to state, among other things, that “deduction made for the first quarter of 2018 is justified…no refund is required” and “Zoomlion will continue to offer fumigation and sanitation services in accordance with contracts signed”.

Describing the report as “misleading and unfortunate”, the waste management company says a “little more investigation into the issues by the Auditor-General would have revealed that the problems had been resolved”.

It also indicated that the “Auditor General failed to seek the input of the service providers (Zoomlion Ghana Limited and SSGL) and other stakeholders regarding the issues before coming out with its report.

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“It is unfortunate that the Auditor-General, against the advice of the Supreme Court (ref: Zoomlion Ghana limited vrs. Auditor General) did not seek the input of the service providers (Zoomlion Ghana Limited and SSGL) and other stakeholders regarding the issues before coming out with its report. The Auditor-General did not contact Zoomlion Ghana Limited and SSGL, neither did the Auditor-General query nor heard the companies before finalizing and publishing its report. This is a blatant disregard for the right of fair hearing.”

It has however “petitioned the office of the Auditor-General to address the anomalies created by its reports”.

 

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