The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) in line with its second and third mandate held public engagements as well as inspected oil revenue funded projects in the Western North and North East Regions.
The public engagements and projects inspection took place simultaneously in the two regions from Sunday, April 24, 2022 to Friday, April 29, 2022.
In the Western North Region, the Committee inspected the construction of a 3-storey Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) Administration Block in Sefwi Wiawso, construction of three Senior Staff Bungalows at Sefwi Wiawso and a rural market in Amoaya in the Bodi Constituency.
The construction of the RCC building received GH₵10,591,533.09 from the ABFA in 2020 and 2021.
During the visit, the Committee found that the building had been completed, commissioned, and in use. Members were generally of the view that the project had been well executed.
The senior staff bungalows received a total of GH₵1,779,660 from the ABFA in 2020. The project was reported to be 90 percent complete with bungalows erected and roofed, internal finishing virtually completed, and external works ongoing.
At the time of the Committee’s visit, the project was found to have reached the reported stage of completion and work done was satisfactory. The Committee looks forward to the expeditious completion of the project for use by RCC.
GH₵107,327 Rural Market in Amoaya
The rural market, situated in Amoaya, received GH₵107,327.70 from the ABFA in 2020, but work had stalled due to the delay in the release of funds by government.
Members of the Committee were however informed that the District Assembly was exploring other options to get the market fully constructed for use by the community.
The Committee recommends that government should disburse funds for speedy completion of the project to serve the community as the project was executed at the request of the Assembly.
GH₵1.3m 1,000-metric tonne warehouse
In the North East Region, PIAC together with officials of the East Mamprusi Municipal Assembly and RCC, inspected a 1,000-metric tonne warehouse with ancillary facilities at Gambaga, which had received GH₵1,330,932.11 from the ABFA in 2019 and 2020.
Although the facility was commissioned in 2021, it became operational in 2022. The Committee recommends the execution of more of such projects and the installation of adequate systems and equipment for effective operation of the facility.
GH₵20m Nalerigu – Gbintri road
The upgrading of the Nalerigu – Gbintri road, which had been allocated GH₵20,000,000 from the ABFA in 2020, was also inspected by the PIAC Team and officials of the Ghana Highway Authority.
Outstanding works include clearing and road widening works on some sections, with earthworks and culvert works ongoing. The 40-km road spans over 15 communities, and when completed would ease transportation within these communities.
The physical progress of the project stands at about 32 percent. Work done was assessed to be satisfactory.
GH₵8.6m 3-Storey Administration Block
The third project inspected by the Committee in the company of officials of the RCC was the construction of a 3-Storey Administration Block for the Council, located in Nalerigu.
Construction commenced in 2019, and the project was expected to have been completed in 2021. Outstanding works include painting, tiling, electricals, and furnishing.
A total of GH₵8,604,336.59 from the ABFA went into financing the project in 2020 and 2021, with the project currently at a physical completion stage of 78 percent. The Committee recommends the timely completion of the project to end the continuous rental of office by RCC.
The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC), the statutory body with oversight responsibility of the management and use of the country’s petroleum revenues, has over the years embarked on its statutory activities which include engaging the public and inspecting projects that have received funding from the Annual Budget Funding Amount (ABFA).