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Guardian www.guardian.co.tt Wednesday, May 13, 2015
The Auditor General s Report for 2014
says there were numerous instances
where ministries and departments dis-
regarded the financial regulations and
instructions set down for state bodies.
The report was laid in the House of
Dealing with the realignment of min-
isterial portfolios in 2013, the Auditor
General said Housing, Land and Marine
Affairs Ministry was renamed Ministry
of Housing and Urban Development and
a new entity, the Ministry of Lands and
Marine Resources, was created.
The report said: "There was no clear
separation of accounting records, respon-
sibilities and staff.
This resulted in numerous errors in the
accounting records and posed challenges
for the audit."
The report also revealed: "Subsequent
to the year under review, there were
changes in responsible officials at a num-
ber of ministries/departments) which
resulted in appropriation accounts, state-
ments of receipts and disbursements and
financial statements of funds being signed
in certain instances by persons who were
not responsible for transactions occurring
in the financial year."
Dealing with the Ministry of Sport, the
Auditor General said a breach committed
for the previous two years continued in
"Funds were not committed in the vote
book before vouchers totalling $1,597 mil-
lion were passed for payment as evidence
of ensuring that votes are sufficient to
meet all commitments," the report said.
It added that for non-profit institutions
"controls over overpayment under this
vote continued to be weak."
With respect to the Office of the Prime
Minister, under "Documents not Pro-
duced," the report said the reconciliation
statement and a list of unpaid cheques
as at September 30, 2014 "were not sub-
mitted to the Auditor General as required."
It said the void cheques register was
also not updated and the last entry seen
was for September 28, 2012.
The report also revealed that the lease
agreements "were not produced in respect
of three properties for which monthly
payments of $207, 736 were made."
In the personnel department, the report
said: "Total rent of $26.6 million for the
period December 10, 2012 to September
30, 2014 was paid to one landlord for
unoccupied premises." It said that "con-
travenes" the existing financial regula-
On the Red House project restoration
project, the report said: "Neither a con-
tract nor a memorandum of understand-
ing was produced to support payments
totalling $14,911,014.83 made to the exe-
cuting agency under this project."
It added: "A contract was also not pre-
sented for the services of the quantity
surveyor on the project to whom sums
totalling $5,940,494.23 were paid during
the year. As a result, compliance with
terms and conditions of execution and
provision of services could not be ascer-
There were similar issues with the
Stollmeyer's Castle restoration project.
"This project is currently in its 11th
year of operation (and) expenditure since
inception in 2005 to September 30, 2014
totalled $73,488,534.63," the auditor gen-
"A visit to the site revealed that the
furniture for the castle, which is stored
in an adjacent building, is termite-infested
The surroundings are also not being
properly maintained although a landscape
maintenance provider had been retained
for this purpose."
The report said $6.4 million was also
spent on the Whitehall restoration project
from 2009 to September 30, 2014.
But it said as reported in the previous
year, "the building continues to be bird-
infested and deteriorating. Antique fur-
niture and fittings are also not being ade-
quately secured and protected."
The report also said a copy of the
National Oncology Centre contract
between the executing agency and a con-
struction company relating to payments
totalling $51,5 million "was not seen."
Auditor General sees chaos in ministries...
Khan hopes to
wage issue soon
KALIFA CLYNE and
Health Minister Fuad Khan says he
expects salary negotiations between the
Chief Personnel Officer (CPO) and local
doctors to end by tomorrow.
Doctors in the public service have been
working on 2008 salaries and have called
on Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bisses-
sar to intervene following a breakdown
of salary negotiations with the CPO.
In a letter to Persad-Bissessar last
week, the Medical Professionals Associ-
ation of T&T (MPATT) claimed doctors
were being treated with blatant disregard
and disrespect by the current adminis-
It was reported yesterday that some
doctors intended to use measures, such
as wearing black to work in order to high-
light their issues.
In a brief telephone interview yesterday,
however, Khan said a team from his min-
istry, which included himself, had met
with the CPO yesterday to discuss several
"We will meet with the MPATT team
and by Thursday I expect they will come
to some sort of agreement or conclusion,"
When the T&T Guardian visited the
San Fernando General Hospital yesterday,
there were few doctors wearing black
under their white coats.
One doctor said although they support
MPATT's push for wage increase, only a
few of their colleagues wore black cloth-
ing. An employee at the hospital said he
counted seven doctors who wore pieces
of black clothing.
SFGH medical director Dr Anand Chat-
tergoon said he was not fearful of doctors
taking strike actions.
"I certainly did not see any black. I
had a meeting with the heads of the 15
clinical departments today and nobody
wore black. They wore their usual attrac-
"Everything was wonderful here today.
Here at the San Fernando General Hos-
pital we have wonderful, principled and
ethical doctors who follow the footsteps
of our chairman and CEO, so we won't
do such at ethical thing to deprive
patients of the care they deserve," he
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