Users of the General public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament have engaged in a heated exchange at their public hearing about the Ghana Countrywide Petroleum Corporation’s (GNPC) allocation to the 1st Lady’s Rebecca Foundation, Economic and Structured Crime Office environment (EOCO) and others as section of their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR).
Aside from the earlier mentioned, some classic leaders also benefited from GNPC’s gesture. An sum of ¢1.8 million was also paid for the celebration of Okyenhene’s 20th Anniversary, GH¢50,000 to the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), $30,000 to the Ghana Boxing Affiliation, together with GH¢400,000 in direction of the preparations of the Damba Pageant totalling GH¢5.4 million cedis.
A memo dated October 29, 2019, was composed by the Board Secretary Matilda Ohene and tackled to the GNPC Main Executive, Dr K. K Sarpong pursuing the acceptance by the board.
Taking into consideration the 2017 report of the Auditor Common, a member of PAC, also MP for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George questioned why the Board of GNPC directly accredited these types of large sums of cash to an anti-corruption body like EOCO and other entities without having routing it as a result of the GNPC Foundation.
Responding to the approval by the Board, Deputy CEO at GNPC, Joseph Dadzie claimed he simply cannot notify the foundation for the acceptance by the board.
“Hon. Chair, I can not discuss for the board of GNPC but as I mentioned earlier the foundation has some thematic spots in which they carry out their routines, these are the umbrella beneath which the actions of the foundation is located,” Joseph Dadzie explained to the PAC users.
“So I guess if there are any other requests that drop outside the house that of the foundation and will come instantly to GNPC, I really don’t know the thing to consider or the basis of the thought and like I claimed I am not a member of the board so I can’t discuss to the specific issues” he pressured.
The GNPC’s Board Secretary, Matilda Ohene who signed the memo was present at the committee hearing but she struggled to justify the motion by the board resulting in a comply with up from the Chairman for the Committee, James Klutse Avedzi.
“Hon. Chairman, I only act on the guidance of the board and the memo was to formally notify the Main Govt of the conclusion of the board but I can get the board to formally react to this concern,” Matilda Ohene said.
The growth, having said that, has been greeted with disdain from the deputy ranking member of the Committee, Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru who questioned why the Chairman of Board allowed his colleague MP for Ningo-Prampram to request this kind of a concern and objected to any further interrogations by the chairman on the subject subject.
“Chairman, they’re in this article to response precise issues. They are showing prior to the committee to react to Auditor General’s queries, and they are not ready for this matter you’re subjecting them through now,” the Nantong NPP MP explained angrily.
“The principles are that we allowed public curiosity thoughts, that is the rule. If I authorized community desire dilemma, I never have the responsibility to simply call you the deputy position member of the committee to inform you that I have accepted this community fascination problem. If you want to just take above, occur and consider around,” the Chair, Kluste Avedzi furiously said.
“Chairman allows be regular with the application of the rules” Mohammed Hardi Tufeiru replied the chairman of PAC.
“Deputy Chief Government, I want this clarification to be designed evidently, the question we are asking is not about anybody’s interest, it is about the fascination of the individuals of Ghana, if a member right here thinks that we do not have the correct to inquire this concern I will end the dialogue in this article but the individuals of Ghana will judge” James Avedzi emphasised.
“As an accountant and auditor I require to know why specified matters are done, if it is mistaken we recommended really don’t do it again, if it is proper we inspired it to go on and any person here thinks we’re doing it for politics, no” James Avedzi who is also MP for Ketu North said.
That enhancement later introduced proceedings to an abrupt conclude. Chairman of PAC, James Avedzi later adjourned proceedings to tomorrow.
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