The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Ghana’s Parliament will begin its 2017 public hearing on the Auditor General’s (AG)Report on some key institutions and sectors from Tuesday April 25 this year.
The public hearing is expected to focus on four Reports from the Auditor General .
Deputy Minority Leader and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee, James Klutse Avedzi disclosed this on Saturday at a two-day workshop at Koforidua in the Easten Region, to build the capacity of members of the Parliamentary Press Corps to report on the oversight functions of the Committee.
The workshop sponsored by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH ( GIZ )was also to assist the media to report objectively on the outcome of the public hearings.
Mr Avedzi who is also Member of Parliament (MP) for Ketu North said the hearings, would consider reports on reciepts and payment of foreign exchange transactions for the first and second quarters of 2015, Bank of Ghana (BOG) , performance report on disposal of government vehicles by the Ministry of Food and Agriculture and the the Ghana Health Service (GHS).
The Committee according to him would also consider the performance report on drug use in Ghana by the Food and Drugs Authority .
A former MP for Asonafo South constituency and former member of the Committee in a presentation on “Legal framework underling the works of the PAC” urged the media to put pressure on heads of insitutions to ensure compliance with respect to the implementation of the PAC’s recommendation in order to bring sanity into the public financial management system in the country.
The Dean of the Parliamentary Press Corps, Nana Agyeman Birikorang in his opening remarks expressed concerns over the unavailability of the AG’s report to the media and urged the PAC to organise regular press briefings to equip the Members of the Press Corps with relevant information to ensure accurate reportage .
” Mr. Chairman for instance, the most important document during PAC sitting at any point in time is the Auditor General’s Report yet we the reporters who are suppose to understand the issues and inform the public are not given copies of the Report.
More often than not the excuse has always been that our number is too large and the best the Committee can provide is three or five copies for over 40 members. Sometimes we are also told that we can get copies of the report online but we find ourselves wanting when we have no access to the internet.
I will suggest that at the end of every one week or two weeks PAC sittings, the Committee should brief the media about the whole sittings to set agenda for the media,” he said.
Members where taken through topic including enhancing the work of the PAC through ethical effective and accurate reportage , Highlights on the Financial Administration Act,2003 ( Act 654) and the overview of the Financial Administration Regulation 2004 ( L.I 1802).
Other topics treated include ensuring public accountability under the Public Financial Management Act , 2016 (Act 192) : the role of the media as well as understanding common accounting terms , concepts and convilentions for effective media reportage.
Source: Topfmonline.com/ Yesmeen Abubakar Tetteh