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Apr 16, 2015

P.M. Responds to the Auditor General’s Reports

Dean Barrow

Barrow also spoke on the recent report of the Auditor-General, who reports that she could not get a clear picture of government finances because a number of accounts were not reconciled. In addition to other discrepancies highlighted, the report also makes mention of works done before contracts were penned, signed and approved. The Prime Minister didn’t seem unduly put out when the matter was put to him today.

 

Prime Minister Dean Barrow

“I’m concerned that we still don’t completely have our house in order but things like a lack of reconciliation…I’m not blaming public officers…but that’s hardly the sort of thing that the political directorate can ensure will take place in a manner that will cause the Auditor-General to be completely satisfied. Ultimately, we have a responsibility and so we must continue to press, but I suspect those sorts of delinquencies are like the poor…they’ll be with us always. I repeat, it doesn’t mean that we don’t keep trying. In terms of contracts being done after works have been performed….perhaps that’s a little more problematic. In fact I would say it’s a little more problematic. But again there are exceptional circumstances where you shouldn’t, but you do move quickly because you feel that there’s a certain urgency to the case…as long as by the time payments are finally made there would have been the proper certification as to what is to be paid…there would have been an approval of the contract, even ex post facto, by the Contractor General…I don’t know that we should get all bent out of shape with respect to things like that. I repeat they ought not to happen…but…”

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