The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has taken decisive action, directing the arrest of the Northern Regional Director and Accountant of the National Sports Authority (NSA) for allegedly misusing over 160,000 cedis belonging to the authority.
This action comes in response to findings in the 2022 Auditor General’s report, which highlights the Northern Regional Management of the Sports Authority for spending funds in violation of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019.
Expressing evident frustration, the chairman of the Committee condemned the officials’ failure to appear before Parliament, despite being summoned. He emphasized the gravity of their actions, asserting, “We are directing that the regional director and accountant of the region should be picked up immediately by the police.”
The chairman reiterated that the officials’ absence from the Committee’s proceedings was unacceptable, particularly considering the significant misappropriation of funds involved.
Additionally, Vice Chair of the Committee, Samuel Atta Mills, shed light on further issues within the NSA, revealing unauthorized debt write-offs by certain officials, indicating a broader systemic problem within the organization.
The directive for the arrest underscores the Committee’s commitment to holding individuals accountable for financial mismanagement within government agencies, sending a clear message about the seriousness with which such matters are treated.