BY ALFRED PAGEPITU
THE Western Provincial Assembly Standing Committee on finance, the Provincial Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has completed its report on the examination of the Western Provincial Government draft revised budget estimate for 2018/2019 last week.
The newly appointed Provincial Public Accounts Committee under Standing Order 199 of the Western Provincial Assembly recently was ushered in following the election of the new Executive government under Premier David Gina in July this year.
Chairperson of PAC George S Lilo (MPA) told Island Sun Gizo, “This is a mandatory standing committee under order 205 and exercises its primary function of legislative oversight especially in terms of financial accountability and governance.”
He said the committee inquired into the 2018/2019 draft revised budget estimate as well as the audit report of the province for 2016/2017 financial year, from October 26 to November 6, 2018.
Lilo said the committee has competed its report together with its findings and recommendation for deliberation by the Assembly this week, when it shall sit to consider the revised budget estimated for 2018/2019, together with the province’s audit report for 2016/2017 fiscal year.
The newly appointed committee includes Ramrakha Aquila Jnr Talasasa, MPA Ward 16, Dunde/ Nusa Roviana, Nixon Buka Tula, MPA Ward 17, Roviana Lagoon, John Wale Vavu, MPA Ward 11, Gizo, Lepese Paul, MPA, Ward 10 Irigila, Gilisi Palmer, MPA, Ward 23, Ngatokae is the secretary and George S, Lilo is, MPA, Ward 18, South Rendova is the Chairperson.