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Deputy Speaker assures robust public accountability

May 2, 2018By Jariatu S. Bangura

Hon Segepor Thomas: no more business as usual

The newly elected Deputy Speaker of Parliament has assured that under his leadership as Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) in parliament all those handling public funds would be held accountable.

In an interview with journalists in the House of Parliament, Hon. Segepor S. Thomas – representing Constituency 89 in Bonthe District – said whosoever receives public funds must utilise them adequately and judiciously for the purpose they were disbursed.

On the issue of past recommendations made by the Public Accounts Committee on the mismanagement of Ebola funds, Auditor-General’s reports on public financial management and other public officials, Hon. Thomas said: ‘Gone are the days when recommendations were made by the PAC for certain culprits and they were left to go free and work. The SLPP party is working towards the right direction and accountability will be our number one priority and will also ensure that good things are done.’

He said the PAC works in collaboration with Audit Service-Sierra Leone’s annual reports on ministries, departments and agencies on the use of public funds. “Many international reports have been coming out with the country placed in bad shape and we want to remove Sierra Leone out of that picture. We need good things for the country and the New Direction document we are working with has it all. We are ready to negotiate with the All People’s Congress, National Grand Coalition, Coalition for Change, independent candidates and others for the development of the country. They all have developmental plans for the country, therefore we will be ready to working with them,” he said.

The Deputy Speaker said he has plans to serve and ensure that what is supposed to be done for the benefit of the country would be carried out robustly.

“We are here to make good laws or agreements and those that are not good for the country would not be discussed,” he said.

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