Queen mothers pledge support for PIAC

Dr. Steve Manteaw(standing) addressing the Queen Mothers.

Dr. Steve Manteaw(standing) addressing the Queen Mothers.

The National Queen Mothers Association (NQMA) is ready to support the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) to ensure transparency in the oil revenue sector, Kansawunche V. Azara Bukari, the association’s secretary, has stated.

She made the statement during a public forum with queen mothers on Ghana’s petroleum revenue management in Accra on Thursday.

The two-day engagement with queen mothers sought to provide a platform to inform the association on the work of PIAC and explore collaborative options between PIAC and the queen mothers to improve on PIAC’s reportage and engagement with citizens of Ghana, so as to provide relevant information that demands better governance of the petroleum sector.

It was also to elect a nominee in replacement of the out-going member of the association on the PIAC.

The secretary who is also the President of Northern Regional Queen Mothers Association (NRQMA), urged queen mothers to inform their subjects about the findings of PIAC to help ensure accountability and transparency in the oil sector.

The findings indicated that funds meant for development were often mis-managed or embezzled, as monies meant for the building of schools and hospital facilities were either used for other needs of the community, abandoned or neglected.

“We all look up to achieving a lot from the petroleum fund, therefore, we should be willing to name and shame individuals and organisations that misuse or embezzle oil revenue,” she said.

The chairman of PIAC, Dr Steve Manteaw, said as an accountability institution, the PIAC would monitor and evaluate compliance by government and relevant institutions in the management and use of oil revenues and investments to conform to development priorities that will benefit citizens.

Some queen mothers called on PIAC to work closely with Parliament to pass a law on its findings and recommendations to compel the government to implement them to promote transparency in the oil sector.

BY ALLIA NOSHIE

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