House of Representatives Public Accounts Committee (PAC) Begins Digitilization Operations

September 19th, 2018

The Chairman of PAC, Hon. Kingsley Chinda revealed that it has commenced the deployment of ICT technologies and digitalizing the manual operations of its Public Account System. He disclosed this at an ongoing training workshop with the theme: ‘Promoting Good Governance and Citizens’ Access’ organised for staff of the committee sponsored by UK-Aid through Policy and Legislative Centre (PLAC).

According to the PAC chairman, ‘Upon commencement of 8th Assembly PAC, we saw the need to improve capacity of staff and members and also set the goal of digitalising the operations of PAC.

“We have commenced the process of downsizing the manual system. The hardware are ready and our seatings shall be live streamed. Today we are having a one week computer based training of all PAC Staff. Members will undergo same training upon return from recess; the target is to increase output at a shorter time and also build the backbone of the Committee which is hinged on the capacity of its staff,”

Hon. Chinda further stated that he aspires that every member of the committee and staff of PAC to be technically empowered in their various duties to increase the knowledge domain and capacity to deliver on their work and public good accordingly. He outlined skills development areas such as basic accounting, understanding audit reports, forensic investigation techniques, interview and technical competencies are some of the skill-set that he desires committee members to be trained on.

The training resource person,  Dr. Greg Ezeilo who described the PAC as the policeman of the MDAs buttressed the need of an electronic system in the operations of the PAC to ensure accurate, reliable, timely and smooth operations and documentation.

The Public Accounts Committee is saddled with responsibility of examining such audited Accounts of the federation and of all offices and courts of the federation and the Auditor-General’s report. It also examines the accounts and reports of Ministries, Departments and Agencies of government as well as the audited accounts of statutory corporations, boards and other government bodies amongst others.

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