The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament has paid a working visit to the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security; Education Departments and the State Prison in Kenema City.
The Deputy Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Parliament, Komba Koedoyoma, said the aim of the visit was due to the report received from the Auditor General’s Report on the alleged mis-management and mis-use of government funds and property of some lined ministries.
He said their visit to the region was to conduct an on-the-spot visit focusing on public officials to be accountable and transparent to the general public at all times, adding that Public Accounts Committee wants the public to know how government monies affect the lives of the people in terms of development in their communities and the country in general.
Addressing the District Prisons Officer in Kenema, the Committee’s Deputy Chairman expressed dismay over the delay in the completion of the construction of the Sierra Leone State Prisons Office in Kenema which was awarded in 2003.
He disclosed that 100% of the payment for the construction of the Prisons Office in Kenema City has been made to the contractor, but up to now the construction work has not been completed.
In another development, the Parliamentary Accounts Committee members have expressed dissatisfaction over the poor condition of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security (MAFFS) office in Kenema.
Honorable Alice Mamie Teyor Foyah called on all state actors to work in the best interest of the people in order to enhance development in the country.
She said the aim of their visit to the provinces is not a political witch hunt, but to ensure that all public officers and non- governmental organizations use state funds and resources in the interest of the people of Sierra Leone.
The newly-appointed Executive Secretary in the Ombudsman’s office, Dr. Sheku Conteh, said they visited Kenema to familiarize themselves with the staff and dignitaries of eastern region and Kenema City in particular.
Dr. Conteh told the press that his priority now is to enhance the activities of the Public Relations Department in order to raise the profile of the office.