Thursday, September 06, 2012
We hail the statement made by the speaker of the National Assembly that come this year’s PAC sessions, no unnecessary red tape will be accepted from public institutions particularly when it comes to submitting their accounts for public scrutiny. His firm position demonstrates the determination of the legislative arm of government to continue to live up to expectation.
be argued otherwise that as one of the three arms of government, the
legislature is a prominent component of our national endeavours. Apart from its
law-making role, it serves as a watchdog, geared towards safeguarding the
interest of the entire citizenry.
scrutiny of the accounts of public enterprises by the Public Accounts Committee
of the National Assembly is an indication that the principle of separation of
powers is at work, which has ever been so in this country, though never been
more pleasant as it is with this current set of legislatures. The credit goes
to not only the leadership of the House, but also the politicians who
constitute the House. Also, it goes to the executive and, above all, the president
of the Republic, whose mission stands on the pillars of accountability and
To see our lawmakers commit themselves
to the demands of the people by not only ventilating their grievances at the
legislature and enacting laws to define public morality, but also ensuring that
the people reap the benefits of their labour by ensuring that those tasked to
utilise taxpayers money for development distance themselves from
misappropriation, manifests the degree of commitment of our chosen representatives
to fulfilling the needs and aspirations of the electorates.
In the final analysis, the PAC committee has the potential to control the menace of corruption and cultivate the culture of accountability and transparency among our public enterprises, the end result of which would help not only to inform the public about development ideas and proposals, but also convince citizens that the public agencies are interested in listening to their views and responding to their priorities and concerns.
We therefore hope that the public institutions would pay heed to the cautions of the speaker and cooperate with the National Assembly in the quest to make public institutions publicly accountable.
Author: Daily Observer