The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament has paid a courtesy call on the Hon. Volta Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa on Monday, May 16, 2022 at the office, Ho. Dr. James Klutse Avedzi, Hon. Member of Parliament for Ketu North Constituency and Chairman of the Committee stated that it was necessary for the Committee to call on the Hon. Regional Minister to officially introduce the Committee to him and inform him about the Committee’s presence in the Region.

Dr. Avedzi stated that the Committee shall hold a week-long sitting of the Committee from Monday, May 16, 2022 at the Volta Serene Hotel, Ho to consider the 2018 Auditor General’s Report concerning some institutions in the Volta, Oti, Greater Accra and Eastern Regions. He indicated that the reports on the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF) and Internally Generated Fund (IGF) Utilisation of Metropolitan/Municipal/District Assemblies, Report on the accounts of Second-cycle educational institutions and Report on technical universities would be considered.

He intimated that the sixteen (16) regions of the country have been zoned into four (4), and sittings are held at four (4) venues as part of regional tours. According to him, the rationale behind holding the sittings at four venues is to reduce cost to the government and offer the opportunity to the people within the various regions to experience how the Committee works.

Dr. Avedzi averred that the Committee has decided that the laws relating to Public Financial Management, Public Procurement among others take their course and any infringements of the laws would be referred the law courts.

He therefore solicited the support of the Hon. Minister as well as other relevant stakeholders in the Region.

The Hon. Regional Minister, Dr. Archibald Yao Letsa who extended a warm welcome to the Committee expressed his joy about the Committee’s presence in the Region.

He emphasised the significant role of the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament in protecting the public purse, and identifying systemic weaknesses for the necessary remedies.

He subsequently assured the Committee of its safety while in the Region, and entreated the Committee to find time and visit some tourist sites to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the Region.

Finally, the Hon. Regional Minister expressed the desire of joining the Committee to witness one of its sittings before the Committee concludes its work in the Region.