Executing its role as an independent statutory body mandated to promote transparency and accountability in the management of petroleum revenues in Ghana, the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), has embarked on a tour to see for themselves existence of projects which were mentioned in the budget as been financed by oil proceeds in the Volta Region.
The nationwide exercise, according to officials, is carried out in three zones namely; the northern belt, the middle and coastal belt.
As part of the 2-day visit to the Volta Region which formed part of the coastal belt, PIAC officials engaged the public to inform them on how government and agencies are managing their petroleum revenue.
They also get the public’s knowledge on how the country’s oil revenue benefits them over the years that Ghana started earning from petroleum as well as getting feedback from them on how best these funds can be put into good use for their benefit in the region.
The public engagement forum which was organized for all stakeholders in the regional capital, Ho, was also transmitted live on radio for residents who may not make it to the forum.
Speaking to the Finder Newspaper after the inspections, Alhaj Ahmad Suleman Anderson, a member of PIAC and the team leader, noted that, the team is satisfied with the work done on projects site but expressed dissatisfaction on stalled project in some part of the region.
“A number of projects have been mentioned in the region as been funded by the petroleum revenue and as a committee, one of the duties we have is to go to the ground to see whether these project truly exist and if they do, what are the stages of completion etc” he explained
Some Contractors who were not met on the various project sites were immediately called on phone to explain to the team the level of works on the projects and further report to their respective Municipal Chief Executives for further actions.
At the Tanyigbe CHPS compound, nurses have to vacate their own resident so it could be used for consultation room for lack of infrastructure meanwhile, the new facility could be completed to serve that purpose.
Hon. Benjamin Komla Kpodo, Member of parliament for Ho central Constituency and Hon. Prosper Pi Bansah, Municipal Chief Executive for Ho central also expressed dissatisfaction on the slow pace of work on Tanyigbe CHPS compound and the Klefe Demetey CHPS compound and called on the various Contractors to speed up with works which on paper was captured as 41.25% and 37.50% progress respectively with implementing agency as Ministry of health.
Madam Vic Kpelly, the Ho Municipal Health Director commended PIAC for doing a good work and appealed to contractors to speed up with works.
she said the construction is long overdue and also called for the landscape of the facility to be attended as well as appealing for equipment to fill the facility when it is completed
She added that, when the facility is completed and equipment fully installed, more staff will be willing to come and work to the benefit of the community.
Aside the Tanyigbe and Klefe Demetey CHPS compound projects, the team also visited the construction of roads and other infrastructural amenities for the University of Health and Allied Sciences at Sokode and construction of 2-Story hostel block facility Avatime senior High school.
The Annual Budget funding amount (ABFA) for the Tanyigbe CHPS, Klefe Demetey CHPS compound, construction of roads and other infrastructural amenities for the University of Health and Allied Sciences and the 2-Story hostel block facility for Avatime senior High school cost Ghc423,618.30, Ghc238,518.37, Ghc6,552,253.33 and Ghc440,246.37 respectively.
PIAC in a constitutional instrument under the petroleum revenue management act 815. PIAC is also in its 10th year since its establishment.