Recalcitrant MDAs are frustrating Parliament – Majority Leader

Accra, Dec. 5, GNA –
The Majority Leader, Mr Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has cautioned Ministries,
Departments and Agencies (MDAs), which fail to implement recommendations made
by the Public Account Committee (PAC) and Auditor General’s Report, saying they
stand not to receive their budgetary allocation.

He said Parliament,
especially the PAC, was being frustrated by the continual recalcitrance by
MDAs, which did not adopt measures to correct infractions captured in the
Auditor-General’s Report.

He cautioned that
they may not receive their budgetary allocations and urged the Committees of
Parliament to up their supervisory roles on them.

Mr Mensah-Bonsu gave
the caution in an opening remark at a forum organised jointly  by the Ghana Chapter of African
Parliamentarians Network against Corruption (APNAC), a non-partisan network of
parliamentarians from Africa dedicated to strengthening Parliament against
corruption,  and Starr Ghana Foundation,
on the way forward in fighting corruption.

The Minister said
the non-implementation of recommendations, which led to repeated infractions,
constituted a waste of national resources, and called on the Committees to
effectively play their monitoring and evaluating roles to curb the problem.

He said scrutiny of
the budget was non-partisan as that played a major role in eliminating
corruption and advancing economic development.

Mr Richard Quayson,
the Deputy Commissioner, Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice
(CHRAJ), wondered why Parliament delayed in approving the National
Anti-Corruption Action Plan, after spending years in examining it.

The National
Anti-Corruption Action Plan is geared towards helping to intensify the fight
against corruption and the promotion of national development.

It contains
strategic action plans identified and agreed upon by stakeholders, including
the private sector, during nationwide consultations.

GNA

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