The Governor of the Bank of Ghana for the second consecutive time failed to appear before Public Accounts Committee [PAC] to answer queries on the Auditor-General’s reports for 2011, 2012 and 2013.
Mr. Kofi Wampah was to have appeared before the Committee on Tuesday but failed to show up, after sitting was suspended for about an hour in anticipation of his arrival.
Members expressed disapproval over his conduct which they considered to be disrespecting and warned of consequences should he fail to turn up on Wednesday.
The Vice Chairman of the Committee, Samuel Atta Akyea, said the governor was informed of the inadequacy of preparations on the part of the Central Bank officials for Tuesday’s sitting.
“There was a veil warning that [the officials] were not ready and therefore the governor should come,” Mr Akyea observed, “and if it should continue, we might have to cite the governor for contempt of Parliament.
“It is as clear as daylight,” he added, “because there is nobody who can excuse himself from attending to meeting of Parliament and [the Committee] is an extension of Parliament.”
But when sitting resumed Wednesday morning Mr. Wampah failed to once again show up. The First Deputy Governor who represented Mr. Wampah him told the Committee Mr. Wampah had to attend to other official duties and so was unable to come, reported TV3’s Catherine Frimpomaa.
“This angered the members who insist that no official assignment supersedes the summons of Parliament,” she reported, noting the meeting went on a five minute recess to take a decision on the matter.
The Governor, the Committee said, is fond of excuses and did not understand why he can’t appear.
Meanwhile, Committee has permitted the Deputy Governor to represent Mr. Wampah, saying “the governor or at least one of his deputies must appear before the committee,” and gave Mr Wampa a window to escape.
The Committee has, however, warned it will not hesitate to charge Mr Wampah for contempt if he ever refuse to appear whenever he is invited to appear before the Committee