Ghana: PIAC To Refer Nonexistent Oil Revenue Funded Projects To EOCO

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Dr. Steve Manteaw is the Chairman of PIAC

The Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) in the Republic of Ghana has hinted of plans to refer cases of nonexistent projects funded with oil revenue to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) for investigation.

PIAC is an independent statutory body mandated to promote transparency and accountability in the management of petroleum revenues in Ghana.

“PIAC in the coming weeks will submit to EOCO – under a Memorandum of Understanding entered into earlier this year,  cases on supposed projects which on official records have been executed and completed, but could not be traced during verification and inspection, “ Dr. Steve Manteaw, who is the chairman of PIAC said in a report filed by GNA.

He was speaking at a public forum in Ashaiman on the management of the country’s petroleum revenue between 2011 and 2018.

Dr Manteaw indicated that an inspection undertaken by PIAC revealed that, some projects including channeling works on the Nakori dam and the Duri Dam Irrigation Rehabilitation Project in the Upper West Region allocated in 2014, were both nonexistent. 

The public forum, organised by PIAC, to be replicated across the country, afforded stakeholders the opportunity to deliberate widely on how best the country’s petroleum revenue could be effectively managed and prudently used for development.  

To avert such occurrences, he explained that it was appropriate to prosecute persons found to have misappropriated funds to ensure the prudent management of the country’s petroleum revenue in future.

Dr Manteaw indicated that, as part of its mandate to provide independent assessment on the management and use of petroleum revenue as provided under Act 815 2011, PIAC would monitor and evaluate compliance with the Act by government and relevant institutions.

According to him, the country over the years had not managed other natural resources like gold prudently for the benefit of the citizenry and as a result, had led to underdevelopment especially in such mining communities. 

“The committee was instituted to reinforce transparency, accountability and further ensure the judicious use of petroleum revenue for development and for the benefit of generations unborn,” he said.

Albert Boakye Okyere, Municipal Chief Executive, Ashaiman Municipal Assembly, who joined other assembly officials at the forum, called for further consultation and many of such forums to further sensitise Ghanaians on how the country’s oil revenue was being managed and used.

Participants, many of who expressed shock at the level of misappropriation of the country’s oil revenue in the past, said the forum had provided them adequate insight on how revenue accrued from the country’s oil was being utilised.

They, therefore, called on mandated bodies to prosecute persons found guilty of any wrongdoing. 

 

 

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