The Public Accounts Committee, which is chaired by the Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Chernor R.M. Bah, has presented two reports tabled in Parliament to the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Arrow Bockarie at Guma Building.
The reports focus on the Committee’s investigations, findings, and recommendations for necessary legal actions to be instituted against those who have misappropriated state funds. This he said was in agreement with provisions in Act No 6 of the 1991 Constitution of Sierra Leone and the Standing Orders of Parliament.
The two reports were that of the Public Accounts Committee the Auditor General’s Report on the accounts of Sierra Leone for the year 2011, and that on the finances and activities of the 19 Local Councils in the country for the year 2012. The Committee held a series of public hearings during the course of conducting its work.
After receiving the two reports, the Deputy Attorney General and Minister of Justice told the Committee that he was honoured by such a presentation, based on the commitment to ensure that public funds are expended judiciously. He assured the Committee that they would look into the reports for necessary action against defaulters, whilst he encouraging the Committee to continue its good work.
Pursuant to subsection 6 of section 93 of the said Constitution, the Public Accounts Committee has the duty to examine the annual accounts depicting the appropriation of the sums granted by the House to meet public expenditure, together with the reports, and special reports of the Auditor General; or reports of statutory corporations and boards after they have been laid on the table of the House.
“The ball is now in the court of the Government”, commented a member of the Committee.
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