The Liberal Party of Ghana (LPG) has written to the Registrar-General to compel all religious organisations in Ghana to file their annual audited financial accounts.
According to the opposition party, those who fail to do so must be duly punished.
It said this is in accordance with Section 15 of the Companies Act 2019, Act 992, which enjoins all religious organisations through their Executive Council to keep accounting records and prepare, audit and circulate financial statements.
The party raised concerns that though religious organisations per the laws of Ghana are not supposed to engage in any business with the objective of making money, “some churches and religious organisations are engaged in the business of selling anointing oil, other merchandise and consultation services to make profit”.
“Ironically, these items and services are often sold at very exorbitant prices,” the party said in its petition signed by National Communications Officer Samuel Afriyie Owusu on Monday, April 19.
“The Ghana Revenue Authority, Registrar-General’s Department, Institute of Chartered Accountants-Ghana, EOCO and other relevant institutions should collaborate to ensure that the religious organisations operate as non-profit organisations and their employees as well as leaders fulfil their tax obligations.
“LPG believes that strict compliance to the provisions of the Act establishing Religious Organizations will help check the situation whereby pastors and religious leaders acquire unaccountable wealth and properties by subtly engaging in profitable commercial activities and suspected money laundering under the guise of operating a religious organisaiton.”
By Emmanuel Kwame Amoh|3news.com|Ghana