The Public Fascination and Accountability Committee (PIAC) is exploring a collaboration with the Business of Specific Prosecutor and the Fee on Human Legal rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) for the prosecution of officials who misuse petroleum revenues.
The committee will shortly indication memorandum of knowledge (MoU) with the two prosecutorial bodies as section of actions to reduce wanton embezzlement and felony abuse.
Currently, PIAC has a related arrangement with the Economic and Arranged Criminal offense Office environment (EOCO).
PIAC Chairman, Dr Steve Manteaw, said the shift will guarantee helpful implementation of a lot of the suggestions contained in the committee’s experiences.
The MoU would also help the companions to work in direction of safeguarding the country’s petroleum revenues from felony abuse as well as combat financial and organised crimes relating to administration and use of money.
It will also ensure successful, transparent and accountable management of the revenue to support nationwide infrastructural growth and welfare of the persons.
Talking at the start of the 2018 PIAC annual report in Kumasi, Dr Steve Manteaw stated that they make suggestions that are not acted upon and that has develop into a resource of significant be concerned for PIAC.
“Over some time period now, even though we have an abundance of transparency, this nation has not been able to make the crucial changeover from transparency to accountability,” he claimed.
Going ahead, PIAC has taken the choice to numerous institutions of condition that are clothed with the ability to in fact act and to carry to bear accountability in terms of administration of public methods.
“To this conclude, we have signed an MoU with EOCO, to the extent that we will be referring some of the Instances specifically those people that bother on financial crime for further more investigation and prosecution
We are setting up to enter into a equivalent agreement with the unique prosecution business office and also CHRAJ since some of the Problems bothers on administrative justice and so on all those accounts, we shall refer individuals for further more investigation and necessary action.”
Establishment of PIAC
According to Dr Manteaw, the institution of PIAC was a compromise that is why it was made without powers.
“Parliament had resisted towards its establishment on the grounds that the entire notion was a usurpation of the constitutional mandate of parliament. The Structure grants electric power to Parliament to work out oversight duty about the Govt.”
He continues that, it was right until soon after rigorous debate and dialogue around the difficulty, that a compromise was attained to set up PIAC devoid of powers to employ its personal tips or to come to be far more like an advisory body to parliament and to the govt.
PIAC for the mining sector
Meanwhile, a former regional chairman of the National Peace Council for Ashanti is advocating a human body like PIAC for the mining sector.
Professor Opuni Asiama believes it will carry sanity into the use of mining revenues.
“We have been mining gold in this country for so several many years but we have not viewed any effects so a PIAC in the mining sector will response the thoughts of what the revenues are staying utilized for and built those in demand to be accountable.”
The mining spots, Obuasi, Prestea, Konongo, all have major developmental difficulties like poor roadways in individual.
Professor Asiama is constructive the federal government should really be encouraged to established up a PIAC in the mining sector.