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$2.3m Write-off Under Scrutiny

The $3.2million write-off by the Ministry of Agriculture in the 2010 Auditor-General’s Report was brought to the attention of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday. The committee members questioned the
18 Jul 2015 14:16
$2.3m Write-off Under Scrutiny
Acting Permanent Secretary for Agriculture,Uraia Waibuta (right). Photo: Rama

The $3.2million write-off by the Ministry of Agriculture in the 2010 Auditor-General’s Report was brought to the attention of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday.

The committee members questioned the reason for such a large write-off.

Acting Permanent Secretary for the Ministry of Agriculture Uraia Waibuta clarified that the write-off was being approved by the cabinet.

“The bulk of the fund which was written off was on the Cocoa development plan, emphasis were put in, the level of investment but then the return on the investment was not there so we followed the decisions in trying to get the cabinet approval on that,”Mr Waibuta said.

PAC member Aseri Radrodro also questioned Mr Waibuta on the engagement of a senior Agriculture officer Joape Waqabaca, and his salary.

The ministry’s human resources manager Mereseini Bou said they had asked the Solicitor-General’s Office for an opinion on the salary given to Mr Waqabaca.

“He was given a contract agreement and the salary given to him was not according to the post given to him, it was suppose to be a senior agriculture officer but the salary given to him was of a senior research officer,”Mrs Bou said.

She added that the extra amount of salary which was paid to Mr Waqabaca was not recovered as advised by the SG’s office that the salary was binded legally in the contact agreement.

The committee also suggested the ministry to improve its efficiency in identifying the gaps and to improve on it.

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