Members of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of Parliament called on its chairman Opposition Leader Bishop Joseph Atherley to convene a meeting aimed at presenting the report on its findings to the Lower Chamber for action.
On Friday, Cabinet Minister Kerrie Symmonds who is one of the Government’s representatives on the PAC, told the House Assembly that once the report was adopted by the legislature, he would be at the forefront ensuring the chips fall where they may, as the findings of investigations into the spending and management of public funds become known.
Speaking on a resolution to vest a parcel of land at Chancery Lane, Christ Church into the state-owned NHC, Symmonds, the Minister of Tourism and International Transport said some issues which were uncovered are “atrocious.”
The duties of the Committee include examining the audited financial statements of all Government departments, including state-owned enterprises and corporations, all reports of the Auditor-General, to inquire into any question connected with public accounts which is referred to the Committee by either House of Parliament, and to report to that House on that question.
The PAC is also required to report to both Houses of Parliament any comment it thinks fit on any items or matters in those accounts, statements and reports, or any circumstances connected with them.
“I do not accept for one moment accept that some of the atrocities identified in that Public Accounts Committee report should just be allowed to lie fallow and not followed through. I am not going to be engaged in anything that might be deemed politically acrimonious in this speech or antagonistic. So I would not go into specificity,” he said.