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Public Accounts Committee sitting halts abruptly

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Parliament1A meeting of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament in Accra on Tuesday came to an abrupt halt, and rescheduled for the next day because officials of the Bank of Ghana were not prepared to answer questions from the Committee.

The Committee, which began sitting on Monday, was meeting the Ministry of Finance and allied agencies, including the nation’s central bank, to see how far they had implemented the recommendations of the Auditor General’s Report for the years 2011, 2012 and 2013.

However, Mr Leslie Akrong, an Assistant Director, after taking the oath, said they were not fully prepared for the questions, because of the short notice of the invitation on the matter being queried.

Mr Kweku Agyeman-Manu, the Chairman of the Committee, said without being properly briefed on what was transpiring, the Committee could not continue its work for the day.

Before the Committee adjourned its sitting, the Ghana Revenue Authority, (GRA) appeared. They answered questions bordering on the dishonouring of cheques by banks.

Mr Gyimah Asante, the acting Commissioner in charge of Domestic Tax, said the GRA has recovered all such dishonoured cheques.

Source: GNA

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