PAC Refers Defense & Agriculture Ministries to ACC
The Public Account Committee, Chaired by the Deputy Speaker of the Fifth Parliament of Sierra Leone, has on Thursday 8th November 2018 referred the Ministry of Defense and that of Agriculture to face the Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) for further investigation on the findings of the 2016 Audit Report. (Photo: Chairman and other committee members during hearing process at parliament
According to the Deputy Speaker in Committee room one at Parliament Building, Hon. Sengepoh Solomon Thomas, informed that the aforementioned Ministries were stood down to face the ACC because they failed to meet the requirement of the PAC. He further informed that he had invited the ACC Commissioner to witness subsequent probing cessions of the PAC.
Hon. Sengepoh further stood down the Lands Ministry for the absence of some personnel that were manning key positions in the Ministry during the auditing tour of the Audit Service Sierra Leone. He underscored among other things that the former Permanent Secretary (PS), Procurement Officer, and the Director of Lands must endeavor to come along with their successors to respond to probing questions from the PAC regarding the findings of the 2016 Audit Report. He emphasized that no one should take the PAC for granted, adding that any individual/institution summoned by the PAC should formally informed the Committee of any absenteeism. He insisted that the above former personnel of the Lands Ministry should face the PAC at Parliament on 2:00PM, 9TH November, 2018.
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