PAC to surcharge defaulters

James Avedzie – Chairman of PAC (L) and Kofi Okyere-Agyekum, Ranking member


The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has proposed that the Auditor-General ensures it includes surcharges for various infractions from Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) in its future reports, chairman of Public Accounts Committee James Klutse Avedzi has suggested.

“The issues vary from year to year; in some of the MDAs, those issues that were infractions in the previous year did not occur in the subsequent report but different thing altogether. So, I think if we begin to surcharge them the officers will sit up, because implementation of the Committee’s report has not been followed to the letter.

“So, some of them think that they will come here, we recommend – and if they don’t even comply we don’t do anything to them; but now we are telling them that they will be surcharged,” he told B&FT in an interview on the final day when PAC ended its work.

The implementer of surcharging is the Auditor-General: article 186 (7) gives that power to the Auditor-General.

The PAC ended the public hearing last Friday, following reviews of the 2016 Auditor-General’s report for Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs) and Consolidated Fund.

From infractions to unearned salaries, the PAC will propose to the Auditor-General in his report the identification of infractions that are subject to a surcharge, which will guide the Committee’s work.

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“We will know that this particular infraction is a subject matter for infraction, and we will know that the Auditor-General will be taking action on them; but because we do not have those recommendations in this report, we are asking the Auditor-General to do that.”

The duty of PAC is to examine audited accounts showing the appropriation of the sums granted by Parliament to meet the public expenditure of government as presented to the House by the Auditor-General of Ghana.

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