Deputy Speaker tables 2016 Auditor General’s Report

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June 13, 2018

By Jariatu S. Bangura

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Deputy Speaker of Parliament Hon. Segepor S. Thomas

Deputy Speaker of Parliament and Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee yesterday laid the 2016 Auditor General’s report in the House of Parliament.

Speaking, Hon. Segepor S. Thomas said: “It is strange that this report was not laid in the last Parliament. I could recall that in the last Parliament, it was brought here for distribution to MPs but was unfortunately withdrawn without reasons. But as a committee, we take the recommendation very seriously as it has been the case. We give huge resource to be spent by MDAs but after a while we see that not all of those monies were spent accordingly. But now that this report has been laid, we want things to be done very clearly. I urge that these recommendations be followed to the letter.”

Hon. Bashiru Silikie of the ruling Sierra Leone Peoples Party representing Constituency 82 in Bo district moved a motion that the document be discussed in Parliament.

Speaker of Parliament Dr. Abass Chernor Bundu assured members that unlike previous years when reports were covered in dusts, this year would be different.

On his part, former Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee and current Leader of the main opposition All People’s Congress, Hon. Chernoh R.M. Bah, said the Public Account Committee (PAC) was under parliament and that by extension the Audit Service Sierra Leone (ASSL).

Hon. Bah said the report tabled contained queries and claims raised by the Auditor General and that it was now the duty of the PAC to take ownership of the report and work in collaboration with the Audit Service to ensure it is properly enquired into.

He, however, noted that debating the report in Parliament, as moved by Hon. Bashiru Sidikie, would be tantamount to putting the cart before the horse.

“During the last Parliament a lot had been done on the reports tabled in Parliament and the evidence is there. I encouraged and advised that the above motion be deferred. Let us all go back and follow procedures. All over the world, it is by law that the set committee investigates the queries in the report and not debate it in the Well,” he said.