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Accounts – Board: Audit shows Abuse

Colonel Kurusiga reveals last audit for iTaukei Affairs was in 1996 MAIKA BOLATIKI Suva The audit of the accounts of the iTaukei Afffairs Board has revealed abuse of office. This
11 Jun 2014 08:46

Colonel Kurusiga reveals last audit for iTaukei Affairs was in 1996

MAIKA BOLATIKI
Suva
The audit of the accounts of the iTaukei Afffairs Board has revealed abuse of office.
This was confirmed by the Deputy Permanent Secetary of the ministry, Colonel Apakuki Kurusiga. He said when he came into office he found out that no financial audits had been carried out from 1997.
“The last audit was in 1996,” Colonel Kurusiga said.
He said this was a clear breach of the regulation by those who were in power back then. Colonel Kurusiga said the ministry had to recruit qualified accountants to carry out the audits from 1997.
He said the new accountants were now faced with another problem; missing documents,” he said.
“Most of the money used was unaccounted for and receipts and documents were missing.”
Despite the missing receipts and documents, the accountants had managed to carry out their audits and some of the financial reports would soon be forwarded to the Ministry of Finance.
When asked about the abuse of office revealed in the report, Colonel Kurusiga said they would be referred to the Police for investigation.
“This Government has a zero-tolerance on abuse of office and the law has to take its own course to address this.”
Colonel Kurusiga said the new accoutants were now working on the 2003 financial report.
He said a way forward for the ministry was the computerisation all their work.
When this was done, he said, it would be possible to access the day-to-day financial report of the ministry.
On other changes within the ministry he said their recruitment policy was purely based on qualifications and this had seen some Indo-Fijians working in the ministry where before recruitements were iTaukei only.
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