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RFMF Rule Book On Finances Developed, Committee Told

A  rule book on financial processes for all units of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was being developed, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told yesterday. The RFMF’s Deputy
09 Jun 2017 16:09
RFMF Rule Book On Finances Developed, Committee Told
Republic of Fiji Military Forces deputy Commander Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz on June 8, 2017. Photo: Jone Luvenitoga

A  rule book on financial processes for all units of the Republic of Fiji Military Forces was being developed, the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) was told yesterday.

The RFMF’s Deputy Commander, Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz told PAC: “A document is currently under vetting to streamline and bring better practices to financial processes.”

He was responding to queries about the audited financial accounts of the RFMF.

Brigadier-General Aziz said the document would include a financial manual for all units within RFMF.

He added the document would be a rule book for all units RFMF to follow.

He said poor record-keeping of stores was an ongoing issue for the force.

The audited figures showed the value of stores not recorded for supplies section was $87,595, Logistic Support Unit (LSU) was $649,309, medical section was $14, 123, engineering unit was $18,391 and plant pool section was $84,823.

He added that the problem was due to high turnover of staff deployed for peacekeeping or training overseas.

Brigadier General Aziz said they had acknowledged the audit issues which prompted them to start recruiting qualified civilians into their accounts section.

He added they had started recruiting qualified civilians with accounting background in the LSU, naval division and engineers unit to monitor procurement and stock processes.

Public Accounts Committee chair, Ashneel Sudhakar yesterday questioned the processes of the procurement of uniform accessories in 2015.

The issue came to light while RFMF Deputy Commander Brigadier-General Mohammed Aziz was making submissions on the 2015 Auditor General’s Report before the committee.

As a recommendation from the Auditor-General, Mr Sudhakar stated that the force should ensure that procurement procedures should be followed whereby competitive quotations were obtained.

In 2013, Brigadier-General Aziz said Government approved the deployment of 500 troops to Syria.

He added the troops had to prepare within three months.

Brigadier- General Aziz said they had to purchase individual protection gears as the mission area was volatile, clothes for the winter and the requirement that all troops were equipped with additional gears.

“We had got some certain approvals from Government for waiver unfortunately few things weren’t complied with, this was for the reason we had to have them available for that short period, so the troops could depart, we couldn’t delay the flights of the individuals,” he said.

Mr Sudhakar said it was understood that the safety of our troops were paramount but proper procedures of procurement should be followed at all times.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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