A four-member Ad Hoc Committee made of members from the Majority and Minority Caucuses of Parliament has been set up by the legislature to audit the Office of the Auditor-General.
The Committee shall be chaired by the NDC MP for Ketu North constituency in the Volta Region, Hon. James Klutse Avedzi, who is also the Chair of the Public Accounts Committee and a long standing deputy Minority Leader.
Other members of the Committee are the NPP MP for Upper Denkyira East constituency, Hon. Festus Awuah Kwofie, NPP for Nhyiaeso, Hon. Dr. Stephen Amoah, and the NDC MP for Navrongo Central constituency in the Upper East Region, Hon. Sampson Tangombu Chiragia.
The appointment of the four is in sync with Order 191 of the Standing Orders of Parliament which states that “The House may at any time by motion, appoint Special or Ad Hoc Committee to investigate any matter of public importance, to consider any Bill that does not come under the jurisdiction of any of the Standing or Select Committees”.
Moving the motion for consideration of the House at a sitting in Accra on Wednesday, January 26, 2022, the Majority Leader and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, told the House that Leadership settled on Hon. James Klutse Avedzi as Chair of the Ad Hoc Committee because of his long standing membership with the Committee.
“Mr. Speaker, it is recommended that Hon. Klutse Avedzi is made the Chairman of the Committee. This is so because this is an Ad Hoc Committee and second, that the Hon. James Klutse Avedzi is the most senior member and a Member of the Leadership who is part of this Committee. He is also a long Standing Member of the Committee”, he noted.
The Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrisu, seconded the motion, noting that “this is going to be like a Police policing the Police”.