‘Release all reports’
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
GOVERNMENT’S financial and appropriation statements for 2006-2012 do not contain reports that represent a comprehensive audit of all government ministries and statutory organisations, says National Federation Party general secretary Kamal Iyer.
He said the audit reports, made public on the Ministry of Finance website, was restricted only to the financial and appropriation statements.
“The people of Fiji would like to see, in respect of the audit of government finances, for example for 2012, is the Auditor-General’s output and targets as per the Auditor-General’s corporate plan where he states that a total of 15 reports would be issued to Cabinet through the Prime Minister and Minister for Finance.
“This was namely a report on the audit of the whole of government accounts, reports on the audit of ministries and departments, audit reports on government commercial companies statutory authorities and audit reports on municipal councils.”
He said those reports must be made public immediately for the sake of transparency and accountability. Mr Iyer said the NFP had been asking for the release of all audit reports from 2007 to 2013.
“If the Auditor-General’s statement on the audit of the financial and appropriation statements for one of the years, 2012, is a yardstick, then a full audit of the State’s finances would undoubtedly reveal blatant misappropriation and abuse of taxpayers’ funds,” he said.
“In his qualification statement of financial and appropriation statements for the year 2012, the then Auditor-General Tevita Bolanavanua raises 14 concerns regarding the statements.
“Some of these are investment in the sinking fund totalling $192.2million being overstated by a massive $138.5m. The Auditor-General is only expressing an opinion on a mere $53.7m.”