The woes of Alfred Agbesi Woyome, a key financier of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), who was given a whopping GHc58million as judgment debt, appears to be deepening by the day.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has expressed interest in the matter which has been extensively debated by people in the media for several weeks.
PAC announced plans to conduct public hearings on the contents of the Auditor General’s report for 2010 which was submitted to Parliament through the Speaker of the House.
“The committee intends to conduct public hearings on the contents of the report of the Auditor General for the 2010 within the next few days and submit a report to parliament,” Hon Kan Dapaah, chairman of the committee, told a news conference on Sunday afternoon in Kumasi.
He confirmed that the Auditor-General has submitted an audit report on the public accounts of the country for the year ended December 31, 2010 to parliament through the speaker as stipulated by Article 187 (6) of the 1992 constitution.
The chairman indicated that the report has been referred to PAC per the standing orders of parliament for consideration.
“In accordance with the practices of the committee, the audit service has taken the committee through the report at a retreat in Kumasi,” the former Defence Minister noted at the press briefing.
He revealed that among other issues the report contains a couple of chapters on a total of 86 judgment debts paid by the government to individuals and institutions in the year 2010 including the one paid to Mr. Woyome.
Noting that parliament is the only institution charged with the responsibility to deal with any matter arising from a report of the Auditor-General, Hon Dapaah said it was significant to note that parliament was required to debate the report of the Auditor-General.
In view of this, the chairman pointed out that it was important for the committee to conduct its public hearings and submit a report to parliament to enable the House deal with matters arising from the report as spelt out in Article 187 (67) of the 1992 constitution.
Hon Dapaah could not tell the exact date the hearings would begin but indicated that it would soon commence and that people whose names would feature prominently in the report may be hauled before the committee to answer questions.
From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi