PIAC to meet energy sector players tomorrow
The Public Interest Accountability Committee (PIAC) is set to meet all agencies in the energy sector tomorrow, Wednesday April 18, 2018 to ascertain the extent of their compliance with regulations and legal obligations in the sector.
All of the sector’s institutions and agencies in the country are expected to be present to brief the Committee on the progress made in satisfying all their respective mandated responsibilities.
This engagement follows a week after PIAC’s release of a report indicating that half of oil funded projects in the three Northern Regions, upon inspection in 2016, are non-existent.
These projects, according to Dr. Steve Manteaw, Chairman of PIAC, were inspected in the Upper East, Upper West and Northern regions “and the findings and observations were overwhelming with fifty percent of the projects being nonexistent.”
Some of those projects which they met, however, were not in desirable state at the time of PIAC’s inspection. Efforts, however, to get the then government to respond to the findings had proved futile.
Meanwhile, officials from the Ministry of Finance recently, he said, have corroborated the Committee’s findings with an independent inspection.
PIAC had earlier called on the Attorney General (AG) to intervene in probing the issue of the ‘ghost’ projects and would be meeting the AG next week to assist in investigating the issue.
“We are meeting the Auditor-General next week to present our findings and evidence for further investigations into the projects that were undertaken in 2014. We will assist to investigate this matter and let Ghanaians know what actually happened,” Dr. Manteaw told the press yesterday.
The report, released last Tuesday, was met with several reactions; some seconding the AG’s intervention, while others refuted its accuracy.
The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) is an independent statutory body mandated to promote transparency and accountability in the management of petroleum revenues in Ghana.