The Public Accounts Committee (PAC), has referred five headmasters of some educational institutions in the Western Region to the Economic and Organised Crime Officer for prosecution over alleged procurement breaches.
Heads of five SHSs, namely, Bozo Kaku, Methodist SHS, Tarkwa ShS, St. Augustine’s SHS, Bogoso, and Adiembra SHS have been recommended for prosecution for procurement breaches.
Aside from the five headmasters, a staff of Archbishop Porters SHS in Takoradi has also been referred EOCO for allegedly taking salaries unlawfully.
Speaking at its sitting in Takoradi on the Auditor General’s 2018 report, Chairman of the committee, James Klutse Averdzi said asserted that the action would serve as a deterrent to others who engage in such practices.
“In the past, we have never referred officials or the individuals for prosecution so it looks like they are taking advantage of that, that it has become annual ritual, we will only come, the chairman will caution and that will be the end.
“So we decided that now if you go against the law we will recommend you for prosecution. So you go to court and defend yourself.
“If the court thinks that your defense is sufficient or strong enough they will set you free but if your defense is weak then the court will apply the law to ensure that you face the punishment,” he said.