Reject contracts, loans not accompanied by value for money audit – Haruna to Parliament

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Minority leader Haruna Iddrisu is demanding a change in the status quo and urging Parliament to reject contracts that come to the House for approval without accompanying independent value for money audit reports.

This, he said, is the only way to preserve and protect the public purse and the taxpayers’ resources.

He stated the current development does not bode well for the state because there is not enough diligence before major economic transactions and laws are brought before Parliament.

The Minority leader made the call at a media briefing for the Parliamentary Press Corps (PPC) on the work of the 8th Parliament.

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He said, “I think that this Parliament must pass a Budget Act, which must sit in tandem with Article 179 of the 1992 Constitution. We also need the Office of Scrutiny”

“In the exercise of oversight over the period as I have observed it, whether under my government the NDC or the New Patriotic Party (NPP) government there is no enough diligence before major economic transactions and loans are brought before Parliament.”

“I’m sure many of you have read the Africa report on the approval of the processes leading to the Tema Port. You must be interested in it.”

“Parliament is not able to demand value for money. You allow ministers to come to Parliament and seek excuse that they will go and come back with the value for money audit.”

“My position is that Parliament should not approve any loan or major economic transaction or contract if they are not accompanied by an independent report on value for money. That is how we can preserve and protect the public purse and protect the taxpayers’ resources in demanding value for money for what we do.”

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