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RFMF Strengthens Finance Processes

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces is restructuring its finance unit. This is to ensure that all pending delivery dockets on projects under their responsibility since 2015 are submitted
12 May 2017 10:17
RFMF Strengthens Finance Processes

The Republic of the Fiji Military Forces is restructuring its finance unit. This is to ensure that all pending delivery dockets on projects under their responsibility since 2015 are submitted to the Office of the Prime Minister for audit purposes.

The move only started over two weeks ago after the Office of the Prime Minister raised their concerns.

The issue was again highlighted yesterday during the Office of the Prime Minister submissions for the 2015 Auditor-General Report.

Director corporate services in the Office of the Prime Minister, Moape Rokosuka said the RFMF were given a number of projects but they had yet to receive acquittals. He confirmed that they have only received eight delivery dockets with 11 pending.

He said the RFMF handled around 10 projects that year with some yet to be completed.

RFMF Chief-of-Staff, Colonel Ro Jone Kalouniwai said he was not aware of these issues because he was not in Fiji at the time.

However, he said RFMF was reviewing its internal financial processes.

It should be understood, that issues of outstanding financial documents was common in other institutions and not only the RFMF.

Colonel Kalouniwai said RFMF had advertised financial appointments as part of its restructuring efforts.

“I will go back to the engineers and our finance team to meet with them on what outstanding documents we have to submit to the Office of the Prime Minister,” he said.

SODELPA MP Aseri Radrodro said the non-submission of delivery dockets increases the possibility of fraud.

He said it was important that the institution relooked at the finance processes of the RFMF rather than realising the problem after the projects had been given to them.

Edited by Rosi Doviverata

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