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Treasurers Reminded Of Line Of Duty

It is critical that treasurers provide sound financial advice to the Roko Tui and to the iTaukei Affairs Board. The Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs and Chief Executive Officer iTaukei Af­fairs
21 Apr 2018 11:00
Treasurers Reminded Of Line Of Duty
Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs Naipote Katonitabua during the Provincial Treasurers workshop at Nadave, Tailevu. Photo: Ministry of iTaukei Affairs

It is critical that treasurers provide sound financial advice to the Roko Tui and to the iTaukei Affairs Board.

The Permanent Secretary iTaukei Affairs and Chief Executive Officer iTaukei Af­fairs Board Naipote Katonitabua has reminded provincial treasur­ers at a workshop in Nadave to fol­low financial regulations.

Mr Katonitabua reiterated the significant role that the treasurers play in their respective provincial offices.

He acknowledged their significant contribution towards the iTaukei Affairs Board (TAB) efforts in updating the pending audited ac­counts of the provincial councils that they inherited from previous administrations.

Mr. Katonitabua said that the holders of Roko Tui posts were reminded in the recent Roko Tui workshop held early this year of the need to be more vigilant in fol­lowing the board’s financial manu­als and regulations.

“It is therefore critical that treas­urers provide sound financial ad­vice, Mr Katonitabua said.

“For evidence purposes, it is criti­cal that those advised are well doc­umented for future audit purposes and also as a means to safeguard themselves and their work if some breaches are made after their ad­vice,” he said.

Mr. Katonitabua raised his con­cern on financial issues being raised by the board’s internal audit team which needed to be addressed collectively and urgently during the workshop.

The previous attention, he said, focused on acquitting government funds to the board.

“It is also prudent that the same financial controls are undertaken on provincial levies collected from members of the provinces,” he said.

He said it was sad to note that the board during the past two years ter­minated the employment of five of­ficers due to abuse of funds and he reminded the treasurers that they needed to be more accountable and vigilant in following financial regu­lations.

Edited by George Kulamaiwasa

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