PAC begins public hearing today

Mr. Avedzi

Mr. Avedzi

The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) will begin public hearing today on the Auditor General’s report.

James Klutse Avedzi, the Chairman of the committee said four reports of the Auditor General would be considered.

These are: the Bank of Ghana’s foreign exchange transaction, receipts and payments for 2015, performance reports on disposal of government vehicles by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the Ministry of Health, and performance report on drug use in Ghana by the Food and Drugs Authority (FDA).

Dr. Avedzi made the announcement during an opening of a capacity building workshop for members of the parliamentary press corps held in Koforidua.

The hearings would be the first of the current Parliament after the New Patriotic Party (NPP) administration came to power.

Dr. Avedzi, who is also the Deputy Minority Leader, said, “I believe strongly that when the committee starts sitting on Tuesday to Friday, the sittings will be looking at four reports.

These are Bank of Ghana’s forex exchange transaction and receipt and payment for the first half year and second half year of 2015.

On the implementation of the recommendations by the Auditor General’s, Mr Avedzi stated that Parliament has no prosecutorial powers, but would rely on the Audit Committee to ensure that the necessary recommendations were carried out.

Nana Marfo Amaniampong, Deputy Ranking Member of the PAC, appealed to stakeholders to bring public corruption and malfeasance under check, in the same manner that they have been handling the current “galamsey” issue.

He was hopeful that the workshop would enhance the capacity of members of the press corps.

“A lot of people in Ghana got their insight into the work of parliament through the Public Accounts Committee and you are the conduit through which they get these briefings because your reportage in the electronic and print media enables them to keep abreast with the performance of this important committee,” he said.

Nana Agyemang Birikorang, the Dean of the parliamentary press corps, pleaded with the leadership of the committee to make copies of the Auditor General’s reports readily available to the media to enable them report factually.

GNA

 

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