BY ALEX DADAMU
THE inquiry proper into the 2019 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 and the 2020 Supplementary Appropriation Bill 2020 has commence today Wednesday 5th August, an arrangement in which the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has resolved in its deliberative meeting on Monday 3rd August 2020.
According to a statement by the Parliament Media yesterday, both bills were presented to the Office of the Speaker of the National Parliament at 4pm on Friday 31st July 2020. This was confirmed by the Director of the Committee Secretariat Mr. Gregory Fineanganofo.
According to Director Fineanganofo, the hearing is scheduled for today, Wednesday 5th to Tuesday 11th August 2020. This means the hearing will run throughout the weekend (Saturday and Sunday), however, the director added that expected changes to the schedule still stands.
The PAC, like other Parliamentary Standing Committees, are mini Parliaments mandated by the Constitution and the Parliamentary Standing Order to oversee the management of public funds, government actions and decisions. The task of the PAC at hand is to consider in detail the supplementary appropriation bills prepared by the Government.
The Parliament Media in the meantime revealed that stakeholders or witnesses invited to appear before the PAC include all Government ministries, Constitutional Offices like the Office of the Ombudsman, Office of the Auditor General, Office of the Governor General, Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, Solomon Islands Electoral Office, National Judiciary and financial institution like the Central Bank of Solomon Islands.
In the recent Parliament sitting on 27th July to 29th July, the Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare has moved a Motion of Special Adjournment – that at its Adjournment on Wednesday 29th July 2020, Parliament shall adjourn to Wednesday 12th August 2020.
This was to allow the Public Accounts Committee to review the two (2) Supplementary Appropriation Bills before resuming next week on Wednesday 12th of August 2020.