Officers from Ministries, Departments, and Agencies (MDAs) that have been blamed in the Auditor-Report General’s for violations have been informed by the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Chairman, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, that the Committee does not exist to inform those who appear before it.
Officers shouldn’t feel frightened when taking the oath because the Committee’s mandate is to carry out its constitutionally mandated oversight duty and ensure that recommendations in the Auditor-Report General’s are implemented through the necessary rules and regulations.
At the start of a four-day public hearing of the Public Accounts Committee to discuss the Auditor-report General’s on the Public Accounts of Ghana Ministries, Departments, and Other Agencies (MDAs) for the year ending December 31, 2019, Hon. Klutse Avedzi made these statements.
Among the MDAs that testified before the Committee were the Controller and Accountant General’s Department, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Works and Housing, and the Public Works Department (PWD). The Ministry of Finance also sent two of its agencies, the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Ministry of Works and Housing.
Others were Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) under Ministry of Transport, Ghana Meteorological Agency and National Information Technology Agency (NITA) under the Ministry of Communication and the Registrar General Department, Judicial Service under the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Department.
The Vice Chairman of the Committee, Hon. Samuel Atta-Mills, Ranking Member Hon. Kofi Okyere Agyekum and the Deputy Ranking Member Hon. Davis Ansah Opoku and other members of the Committee were all present at the public hearing.
The main mandate of the PAC is to examine the audited accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure of the government as presented to the House by the Auditor-General.