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Majority Leader Hon. Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu called on parliament to set up a committee following the 17 billion in losses in the management of 19 state institutions in public accounts report on December 31, 2021. He was of the view that the public account committee is mandated to investigate the report of the Auditor General and present its findings to the House. The constitution mandates the House to constitute a committee to further work with the Attorney General’s Department to make sure that all committee recommendations are carried out and money is returned to the state. He said, ‘’We must constitute the committees before the house rises.” The Majority Leader, who doubles as the minister for parliament affairs, said this in his contribution to the adoption of the report of the public account committees on the report of the Auditor General Account of the Ghana Public Board Corporation to back his point. The majority leader noted that Article 187 of the constitution states, ‘’Parliament shall debate the report on the Auditor General and appoint, where necessary, in the public interest committees to deal with any matters arising from it.’’ The report classified the irregularities under eight different categories [COVID-19 and others] (3.56%). cash [2.89%], payroll [0.05%], procurement [1.75%], tax [o.13%], and contract. auditor general and the adoption of the report of the public account committees on the report of he was in the view that the public account committees are mandated to investigate the report of the auditor general on the public account of Ghana Public Board Corporation to back his point. The majority leader noted that Article 187  of the constitution states that ‘’parliament shall debate the report on the auditor general headings, namely, outstanding debtor/loans receivable [58.98%] dues from customers for power irregularities [1.62%] under 19 state institution agencies that were cited for causing these irregularities.
By Jessica Okai