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Why Civil Service Reforms Needed

The Auditor-General’s reports (2007-2013) underscore the urgent need for the civil service reform planned by the Government. This is why it must happen, and the sooner the better: 2007 Report
22 Oct 2014 15:56
Why Civil Service Reforms Needed

The Auditor-General’s reports (2007-2013) underscore the urgent need for the civil service reform planned by the Government.
This is why it must happen, and the sooner the better:

2007 Report
– The Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries has not provided a Trust Account Statement of Receipts and Payments contrary to Finance Instructions 82 (1).
Records show an overdrawn balance of $512,485 in the Operating Trust Fund Account and a balance of $499,791 in the Main Trust Account.
$9,044,665 was used for the North Land Resettlement Scheme for ALTA farmers. Lots remained vacant.
– Audit scrutiny of the Ministry of Transport, Works & Energy’s financial performance of the Trade and Manufacturing Accounts (TMAs) in the Central/East Division revealed huge losses in their operations in 2007.
– The recovery of loans from students has been minimal indicating the Public Service Commission system has been ineffective.

2008 Report
–  Ministry of Education, National Heritage, Culture and Arts has a salary overpayment of $657,795.31.
Urgent repairs needed in Nasinu Secondary, Queen Victoria School and Ratu Kadavulevu School.
– Poor debt collection practice in the Ministry of Lands, Mineral Resources and Environment shows arrears of $10,223,341.

2009 Report
– Bureau of Statistics, Government Supplies Department and Gvernment Printing and Stationery Department failed to carry out their annual Board of Survey. As a result, a statement of loss was not produced.
– In the Ministry of Provincial Development, Indigenous and Multi-Ethnic Affairs, Trust Fund accounts were overdrawn. Internal controls and Standard Operating Procedures for effective administration of projects are not always adhered to. The risk for misappropriation of fixed assets is high. Procedures are not complied with in the awarding of scholarships.
– Department of Transport, Department of National Roads and Department of Public Utilities and Energy failed to submit their statements of account.

2010 Report
– In the Ministry of Lands and Mineral Resources, re-engagement of retired officers were done without due regard to instructions and policies issued by PSC. Continuous overtime for routine tasks, appeared to be prevalent and indicated that officers were unproductive during official working hours.
There were considerable delays in processing applications for tenement and petroleum licences.  Some applications have been outstanding for years.
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