…For Showing Disrespect To Parliament
The Public Accounts Committee of Parliament (PAC) has served notice that it will subpoena Madam Frances Essiam, the chief executive officer of Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited (GCMCL), for her perpetual refusal to appear before the committee on several invitations.
According to the chairman of the committee, Mr. James Klutse Avedzi, Madam Essiam has on countless occasions turned down letters and phone invitations extended to her to come and answer questions on the Auditor General’s Report, but she consistently failed or refused.
Madam Essiam, the PAC Chairman said, rather chose to engage the clerk to the committee, who placed the invitation calls, with unprintable words on phone.
This came to light when the committee resumed sitting yesterday on the Auditor General’s Report for 2013/2014 on state institutions and agencies.
The Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company was billed to appear before the committee to answer some questions regarding its performance and financial infractions, as captured by the AG’s report.
However, when the company was called, Madam Essiam and her team were nowhere to be found.
This prompted the PAC chairman to issue a threat, through a Deputy Minister of Energy, Mr. William Owuraku Aidoo, who was present with other agencies under the ministry, that with the foregoing development, the committee will have no option but to subpoena her.
“We are giving you the opportunity, as the minister, to produce her with the team to appear before the committee. We will give you the date and if that is not done we will use the powers we have as a committee. We will subpoena her and if that is not done we leave her to the house to decide on what to do with her.”
“So far, how she treats the committee is not the best. I don’t want to open the floor to members who have witnessed what kind of conversation she had with the clerk to committee. We wouldn’t do that, but, Minister, just produce her and after that we know what to do,” Hon. Avedzi stated.
Madam Essiam is a former women’s leader of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), but now a member of the Communication Team of the ruling New Patriotic Party, and was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of the Ghana Cylinder Manufacturing Company Limited by President Nana Akufo-Addo, this year.
In the 2012 general elections, Madam Essiam contested the Adentan Parliamentary seat on the ticket of the NPP, but lost miserably to Emmanuel Nii Ashie Moore of the NDC.
She was expected, as the new head of the company, to lead the team from her outfit to the committee to answer questions on the AG’s report, just as others did.
The content of the verbal conversation with the Clerk-to-Committee was not made public, but Mr. Avedzi said, it would be explosive if he allows members of the committee who are privy to the conversation to talk.
The National Electrification Scheme appeared before the committee and answered questions on the Auditor General’s report on its performance and financial management.
The AG’s report revealed that there have been rampant shortages of electricity meters and transformers nationwide and recommended that the Scheme undertakes measures to provide them to the consumers.
The AG’s report also discovered that some transformers have developed faculties and oil leakage causing several communities denied of power supply.
But in response to the committee, the Deputy Minister, William Aidoo, said over 500,000 meters would be procured this year to be supplied to all affected communities and other places yet to get meters.
He noted that, 700 companies have entered the bidding process and it was the hope, on the part of government, these local companies would produce quality meters to ensure that consumers do not experience discrepancies in their bills.
Some other communities as cited in the 2013/2014 Auditor General’s report have experienced low voltage and the minister assured that some of the problems have been rectified, while plans were still in force to solve those still experiencing low voltage.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Engsalige Nyaaba