PAC’s sitting frustrated by Governor’s absence

Members of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) have expressed concerns about what they termed a ‘deliberate’ attempt by the Governor of the Bank of Ghana (BoG), Dr Henry Kofi Wampah to refuse to appear before them.

The vice chair of PAC for instance, Mr Samuel Atta Akyea said the Governor was “fond of excuses…this particular Governor is fond of excuses,” he said.

Consequently, the PAC is contemplating to whether or not serve the Governor with a contempt of parliament.

PAC on Tuesday suspended sitting midway following the explanation by officials of the BoG that they were not prepared to answer questions relating to financial transactions in the Auditor-General’s reports, causing the Chairman of the PAC, Mr Kwaku Agyeman Manu to reschedule the sitting to Wednesday and demanded that the Governor or at least a deputy governor be present at the sitting.

However, at Wednesday’s sitting, members of the PAC expressed dissatisfaction over the Governor’s failure to appear before the committee.

Attempts by the Deputy Finance Minister, Mona Quartey and the Deputy Governor, Millicent Narh to give reasons for Dr Wampah’s absence was not accepted by the Committee.

According to the Deputy Governor, Dr Wamaph was ‘engaged in other official duties and that’s why he is unable to attend.’

Listen to members PAC express their frustration in the audio attached below

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Mr Atta Akyea expressed discontentment saying, ‘What you are telling this committee has contempt implications…that the assignments we are doing here are being subordinated to other things which do not have the powers of the constitution.’

He explained that apart from ill-health which should be certified by a doctor, under no circumstance should any official summoned by the PAC refuse to appear before it.

‘Since I sat here as a vice chair, the governor is fond of excuses…this particular governor is fond of excuses,’ he said.


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