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Monitoring of oil projects in B/A exposes low supervision

By: Ama Amankwah Baafi, Sunyani West/Odomuase
Dr Steve Manteaw making a presentaion
Dr Steve Manteaw making a presentaion

The need to improve supervision during the execution of oil funded projects has become eminent.

A two-week monitoring and assessment of some oil funded projects in the Brong Ahafo Region revealed that while some projects have been properly and efficiently executed, others were done in a shoddy manner.

The monitoring team comprised members of the Public Interest and Accountability Committee (PIAC) and the Institute of Financial and Economic Journalists (IFEJ), with support from the German Development Corporation (GIZ).

The Chairman of PIAC, Dr Steve Manteaw, noted that the malaise with project implementation was the same in most parts of the country the team have been to.

He said the problem had to do with quality of supervision.

Therefore, he said when the Minister of Finance selected his priority areas in every medium-term and allocates resources to them year on year, PIAC should start working from there.

"PIAC should take it upon itself to inform all beneficiaries and institutions of what has been allocated to them.

"This will help for early monitoring and tracking of implementation so that we don't wait until the project is completed before PIAC comes back trying to raise concerns about the manner in which projects have been executed," he stated.

Naming and shaming
Dr Manteaw said it was about that people who carry out efficient supervision are commended, while those who aide shoddy execution of projects are made to account for their actions.

He cited for commendation the engineers at the Feeder Roads who supervised the Mim town roads such that cost was saved to execute other projects.

Public forum
A public forum at Odomase in the Sunyani West District Assembly on the management of oil revenues saw participants discussed issues dispassionately, raised concerns and suggested ways in which to improve the use of the revenue.

The President, National  Queen Mother's Association of Ghana, who is also the Paramount Queen Mother of Odumase No1, Nana Abena Boatemaa, emphasised that funds allocated to various sectors should actually go there and not be diverted so that the citizenry can feel the impact.

"The forum has enlightened us on how the oil money is being used. We are appealing for more funds for PIAC to be able to do more," she stated. — GB