The chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has called for stricter accountability and transparency in the use of public funds by government entities, state-owned enterprises, and Crown agencies.
Member of Parliament Tingika Elikana, who heads the PAC,
has called on Ministers responsible for government entities, state owned enterprises
and Crown agencies to improve on the accountability and use of public funds.
In Parliament this week, Elikana moved a motion for MPs to
take note of the report by the Public Accounts Committee for 2021 and 2022 and
other reviews. The motion was seconded by Minister of Justice Vaine (Mac)
Elikana explained that the report is referred to
government agencies for them to implement the recommendations.
The Pukapuka-Nassau MP said that he had an important
point to raise and urged the heads of ministries to heed his message.
Elikana revealed that the committee identified a
disconnect between the business plans presented to Parliament and the
subsequent appropriation of funds from the public purse to those ministries and
He said that unfortunately in their report, it was
difficult for the committee to see how the funds were used.
Elikana said this was an area of concern as they needed
to improve the accountability and use of public funds in the public service,
state owned enterprises and crown agencies.
“On behalf of the committee it is our view that it is Parliament
to appropriate the funds used by ministries, agencies and crown entities, then
it is to Parliament that these agencies, state-owned enterprises, and the crown
must account how they use those funds.”
Elikana revealed that several ministries, Crown agencies,
and state-owned enterprises resisted providing the committee with requested
performance plans and expenditure reports.
He referred the report to various government agencies for
implementation of the recommendations the committee had highlighted.
Elikana thanked the Public Accounts Committee and the Auditor
for their hard work in reviewing the reports leading to the finalisation of the
report before Parliament.
“We urge all Members of Parliament to read the report and
Ministers responsible for government entities, state owned and crown entities
as there are very important matters we need to take into consideration.”