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Ministries’ Laxity Cause Recurrence Of Anomalies In Their Accounts

Ministries’ Laxity Cause Recurrence  Of Anomalies In Their Accounts
June 16
10:00 2017

The Office of the Auditor General has noted that some Government ministries aren’t taking audit recommendations seriously which resulted in recurring anomalies in their accounts.

The issues were highlighted when Permanent Secretary for Infrastructure and Transport, Paul Bayly was making submissions on the 2015 Auditor General’s Report before the Public Accounts Committee at Parliament on Wednesday.

Audit Manager, Jayant Ram told the Committee, ministries should seriously consider the recommendations from the Office of the Auditor General.

He raised concerns when audit issues of the Ministry for Infrastructure and Transport were questioned by the Committee.

“There would be no recurrence of anomalies if ministries take the Office of the Auditor General’s recommendations seriously by implementing them,” Mr Ram said.

Audit noted that Fiji Meteorological Services was allocated $950,000 in 2015 for the construction of the archive facility in Nadi.

The Government Tender Board (GTB) awarded the contract for the construction of the facility to a contractor for a sum of $866, 898.90 (VIP) which included the retention sum of $86,869.89, excluding the contingency sum of $86,689.89.

The total contract sum inclusive of contingency and retention was $953,588.79.

The audit then noted anomalies that FMS paid a total of $858,229.35 to the contractor which included contingency sum of $78,020.34.

As at 31st December, 2015 it was noted there weren’t variations to the initial scope of work which resulted in FMS making an overpayment of $78,020.34.

Mr Bayly told the Committee they had been issued the certificate of occupancy for the project and the overpayment of $78,020.34 was recovered.

He added the overpayment was made due to an oversight from accounts officers of FMS.

SODELPA MP, Ratu Sela Nanovo asked if any of the officers involved was disciplined.

In response, Principal Accounts Officer for the Ministry, Sen Jeet said they didn’t take disciplinary measures over the officers involved because it was just an oversight.

Ratu Sela thanked the ministry for recovering the money but further reiterated checks should have been made before the payment was made to the contractor.


 

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