Wonders they say will never end particularly so in this Mahama led Administration where a whopping Ghc 150 billion is claimed to have been pumped into an unknown Guinea Fowl Project without the prior approval of Parliament
As is contained in the report of the finance committee of? Parliament on expenditure the? Savannah Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) under the office of Government? Machinery,11billion cedis(GH?11,531,00) was? spent on Agricultural Input Support, 330billion cedis (GH?32,498,000) was spent on Afforestation, 150billion cedis (GH ?15,000,000) was also spent on? the? Guinea? Fowl Project.
As is contained in the same report, money spent on Tractors was Ghc 190 billion (GH?19,786,000) whiles GHc3,000.000 (30billion cedis) was also spent on Business Development. Similarly 40billion (GH? 4,482,000) was spent on Building Equipment.
The report further revealed that just 1billion (GH?1,000.000) was spent on Roads and Highways whilse280million cedis (GH?288.000.00) was also spent on Key Human Development. Again, 1billion (GH?1,244, 000) was spent on Administration Compensation whiles 567million cedis (GH?567,000.00) was also spent on Governance.
Snippets of the report available to this newspaper indicates that many Northern Members of? Parliament both? past and? Present? are? not? aware? that, a whooping 150billion cedis? has been used? to? establish a Guinea Fowl? Project.
As is contained in the report, the committee was informed? by officials of SADA that those? expenditures were incurred its? receipt of? an amount of GH?165,000,000.00 given it to enable it undertake the above listed? investment activities for? 2012.
Further, officials of SADA told the Finance Committee of Parliament that the facility is a privately placed bond for GH?200m for SADA to be used as seed money to attract further investment to the SADA area.
The facility the committee has revealed did not go through Parliamentary approval process like all external and domestic funded loans because, like all government bonds issues, the Net Domestic Financing was the main factor of consideration.
Contributing to the motion to approve a sum of GH ?312,345,521.00 for running? the Office? of? Government Machinery for? the year 2013, the? NPP MP for? Sekondi, Papa? Owusu Ankomah noted that,? as a country we ?have come along way as a democracy but? when it? comes to accountability we have certainly? not come? a long way. According to him, it is for this reason why government as regards appropriation and its expenditure must seek the prior approval of Parliament.
He indicated that, if the executive fails to seek the approval of the legislature that? is a clear affront? to the 1992 constitution which? gives the legislature an oversight responsibility over the executive? arm of? government.
Alexander Kwamina Afenyo – Markin NPP MP for Effutu on his part noted that, for SADA to invest 320billion cedis and 150billion cedis in 2012 in Afforestation and Guinea Fowl Projects and the projects are abandoned in 2013, then it leaves much to be desired. He has noted that certainly we will not have any returns on such investments.
The Efutu MP wondered why the scholarship secretariat has an office in London when it the Ghana office is well resourced enough to handle? all such? scholarships.? This he has noted will not help advance the Better Ghana Agenda.
Source: The Searchlight