The Public Account Committee (PAC) of Parliament held its second sitting for the year 2022 on the report of Auditor-General on the public accounts of Ghana-Public Boards Corporations and other statutory institutions for the period ended 31 December 2018.
The PAC sitting held between 14th-18th March and 4th-5th April this year was to examine the status of implementations of the recommendations contained in the 2018 AG report.
Public Boards and other institutions who were flagged with infractions in the Auditor General’s report were present to provide answers to recommendations raised by the Auditor General. The Seven days sitting by the committee raised some pertinent issues that the committee urged institutions to consider in order to prevent future occurrences.
The twenty-five member committee chaired by Hon. James Klutse Avedzi admonished Public Institutions to conduct themselves as stipulated by law to prevent avoidable financial irregularities. The committee scrutinized the AG’s report on eighteen ministries including Ministry of Health, Ministry of Energy, Ministry of Agriculture and many more. COCOBOD, EOCO, GNPC, NADMO and National Sports Authority were some statutory Institutions that appeared before the PAC.
According to the PAC, the Auditor General can blacklist private auditors who as part of their contract fail to conduct follow-ups on reports they have issued to enable Audit Service and the committee to determine status of implementation of recommendations contained in the AG’s report.
Auditors from Commercial Audit Department (review /Direct) and representatives from Parliamentary Affairs Unit of the Ghana Audit Service represented the Auditor General and assisted the Committee to a successful deliberation.