Cabinet calls for speedy submission of outstanding audit statements

DPI, GUYANA, Saturday, August 19, 2017

Cabinet has mandated that all outstanding audit statements from government agencies should be submitted post-haste, so they can be laid in the National Assembly, as is required by law. This was disclosed at a post-Cabinet briefing on Friday, by Minister of State Joseph Harmon in the studios of the National Communication Network (NCN), Homestretch Avenue.

In keeping with government’s position on transparency and accountability to the public; Minister Harmon announced that the Minster for Public Infrastructure, David Patterson had presented to Cabinet the audited financial statements for the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority’s (GCAA) for the years 2010 and 2011 and the Transport and Harbours Department’s (T&HD) for 2008 to 2009.

Minister Harmon revealed that Cabinet is of the view that these audited reports are long overdue and in keeping with government’s commitment for transparency and accountability, is insisting that all agencies with a backlog of reports, submit these to Cabinet urgently, and have them laid in the National Assembly, as is required by law.

Last year President David Granger highlighted that audits commissioned by various state entities are guides for corrective actions and preventing recurrences.

“They are guides for corrective action to ensure that there is no reoccurrence and to ensure that in cases where there is culpability, unlawful behaviour that persons could be brought before the court and if they are found guilty of having committed offences they could be punished,” the president explained.

By: Neola Damon

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