The Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, has indicated his resolve to be proactive in ensuring transparency and accountability in the running of the Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs (MOPA).
Speaking at the inauguration of the Entity Tender Committee and the Audit Committee of the ministry, Hon Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, emphasized that these two committees play an enabling role in ushering in good governance in a democratic regime, noting that, “Accountability of public functionaries is an integral part of any good governance framework, more so in a democratic polity. Accountability of public servants extends to maintenance of probity in official dealings, compliance with legal obligations and commitment to efficient service delivery”.
Section 86 of the public Financial Management Act, 2016, Act 921, and Schedule 1B2 Category B, Section 20, of the Public Procurement (Amendment) Act, 2016, Act 914, mandate the setting up of an Audit Committee and an Entity Tender Committees respectively.
The functions of the Audit Committee shall be to pursue the implementation of any recommendation contained in an internal audit report; parliament’s decision on the Auditor General’s report; Auditor-General’s Management letter; and the report of an internal monitoring unit in relation to financial matters raised.
The Committee shall also prepare an annual statement showing status of implementation of any recommendation contained in the above.
The need for an Audit Committee became apparent after observations made in numerous Audit Reports to Parliament and the works of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament. Following from these, a series of consultations was carried with key stakeholders with the objective of coming up with a better audit regime to address the multiplicity of constraints that ensued from the operations of the then Audit Report Implementation Committee (ARIC).
The new audit regime, the Audit Committee, therefore came about us a result of the repeal of the Financial Administration Act, 2003, Act 654; Section 30 of Audit Service Act, 2000, Act 584; and Section 16 (8) of the Internal Audit Agency Act, 2003, Act 658.
The Entity Tender Committee has the Minister of Parliamentary Affairs as the Chairman, and Jonathan Acquah, Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Office, Daniel Sarpong, Private Consultant, Joseph Kuruk, CIPS, Azu Sam-Aziakor, MOPA, Joyce Bosompra, MOPA, Emmanuel Osei Owusu, MOPA, Yaw Tetteh, MOPA, as members.
The Audit Committee is Chaired by Richard Asiedu, Internal Audit Agency, and has Robert Annan, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Frank Gomadey, Internal Audit Agency, and Azu Sam-Aziakor, as members.