MPs Take Charge of Committees Probing Government Spending, Foreign Policy, and More
Compiled by Glenda Willie
Parliamentary Standing Committees of the country’s 13th legislature have had their chairpersons and members, comprising Members of Parliament (MPs), appointed recently.
MP Job Andy has been appointed as chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee, with MP Jack Wona serving as Vice Chairman. The committee’s members include MP Marc Melsul, MP Assang Sanick, MP Xavier Harry, MP Andrew Kalpoilep, and MP Johnny Koanapo.
The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) will be chaired by MP Ulrich Sumptoh, with MP Anthony Harry serving as Vice Chairman. The committee’s members include MP Jack Wona, MP Gaetan Pikioune, MP Alick Terry, MP James Bule, and MP Simil Johnson.
According to Standing Order 63 (1) (a), the PAC is responsible for inquiring into the government’s expenditure and financial performance, public audit, taxation, revenue, publicly-owned financial corporations, finance, superannuation, and insurance.
The Committee on Institutional and Constitutional Affairs, which is responsible for inquiring into matters related to the state office, Parliament, judiciary, public service commission, ombudsman office, auditor general office, public prosecutor office, public solicitor office, state law office, electoral commission, national council of chiefs, local authorities, and other government departments, is chaired by MP Silas Bule, with MP Sakeas Lulu serving as Vice Chairman. The committee members include MP John Nil, MP Gracia Shedrack, MP Blaise Sumptoh, MP Camillo Ati, and MP Jesse Luo.
Meanwhile, MP Anatole Hymak has been appointed as the chairman of the Committee on Economic and Foreign Policies, and MP Ian Wilson is Vice Chairman. The committee’s members include MP Job Andy, MP Joshua Pikioune, MP Wesly Rasu, MP John Timakata, and MP James Peter. Pursuant to Standing Order 63 (1) (b), the committee is responsible for inquiring into trade, tourism, economic and fiscal policy, foreign policy, agriculture, public utilities, infrastructure, land, investments, regulation of economic activities, commerce, and business development.
Finally, MP Gaetan Pikioune has been appointed as the chairman of the Committee on Social Issues, with MP Sanick serving as Vice Chairman. The committee’s members include MP Justin Ngwele, MP Esmon Saimon, MP Gloria King, MP Samson Samsen, and MP Jean B Tama. One of the committee’s first tasks this year will be to review the Annual Reports of the Ministry of Internal Affairs from 2016 to 2021.