Oulanya says the Hoima regional office should ensure that the monies injected by the government in the oil sector is properly monitored and accounted for adding that the establishment of the regional office will extend services closer to the people they Audit and that this will enhance the delivery of their mandate.
Jacob Oulanyah, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament has implored the Office of the Auditor General-OAG to closely monitor the performance of accounting officers countrywide to ensure timely accountability in all government offices.
He was commissioning the newly built OAG's Bunyoro regional offices at the Hoima district Headquarters on Friday. Oulanyah said the completion of the offices is timely, saying it will ensure timely accountability for all government resources from the oil sector.
He explained that it's government's mandate to transform the country and take services nearer to citizens. Oulanyah said parliament is resolute to ensure that similar offices are built across the country to ensure proper accountability, efficiency and close monitoring of accounting officers to foster service delivery.
He asked officers deployed in the new office to keep a keen eye on all government monies injected in the oil sector. Oulanyah noted with concern that the level of accountability in several government institutions is still very low and that the corruption indices are still high.
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John Muwanga, the Auditor General said the establishment of a fully-fledged office in the region is meant to ensure quick and effective service delivery to the people of Bunyoro and its surrounding districts.
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Dr. Wilson Tuhamuhabwe, the Economic Advisor in the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development, said the establishment of the OAG's regional office is in line with vision 2040. He re-affirmed the Ministry's commitment to supporting the works and efforts of the OAG in fulfilling its constitutional mandate.
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Lawrence Bategeka, the Hoima Municipality Member of Parliament challenges the government to establish more coordinating offices in the region more especially with the discovery of oil.
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The new office brings to 11, the number of regional offices set up by OAG. The others are in
Mbarara, Masaka, Fort-portal, Arua, Gulu, Soroti, Mbale, Jinja, Moroto and Kampala. The Hoima Regional office will serve Masindi, Hoima, Buliisa, Kibaale, Kiboga,Kyankwanzi, Kakumiro,Kikuube and Kiryandongo district.
The Shillings 4 billlion office block was built by TECH THRH Uganda Limited Funded with support from the Federal Republic of Germany. The block seats an acre of land.