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General News of Monday, 26 February 2007

Source: jfm

Mpiani to face Parliament over Ghana@50 money

The Chief of Staff and Minister for Presidential Affairs, Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani is to be invited by Parliament within the week.
Mr. Mpiani will be expected to apprise the House of what uses the National Planning Committee of Ghana’s Golden Jubilee has put the $20 million voted for the celebrations by Parliament.
He chairs the National Planning Committee which disburses and approves projects through the Ghana@50 Secretariat.
The Finance Committee of Parliament originally invited the Chief Executive of the Ghana@50 Secretariat, Dr Charles Wereko-Brobby to provide the answers but he deferred to the Chief of Staff in a letter to the Committee.
The Chairman of the Finance Committee of Parliament, Nii Darku Adu Mantey said the invitation would be directed to Mr. Mpiani.
He however dismissed suggestions by some minority MPs that Dr Wereko-Brobby’s response constituted a disregard for Parliament.
He said the invitation was not the intention of the Committee to audit the Council’s accounts but to be appraised of the uses to which the money approved by Parliament had been put.
The Chief of Staff on Saturday acknowledged that he instructed Dr. Wereko Brobby to write to Parliament to redirect their invitation to his office.