FICAC probes town coun­cils

Fiji Sun - - Nation - LOSIRENE LACANIVALU Edited by Epineri Vula Feed­back:losirene.lacanivalu@fi­

The au­dit re­port on mu­nic­i­pal coun­cils for the year ended De­cem­ber 31, 2014, has re­vealed two se­ri­ous out­stand­ing issues in­volv­ing Savusavu and Ba Town coun­cils.

This was re­vealed in Par­lia­ment yes­ter­day af­ter the chair­per­son of the par­lia­men­tary Stand­ing Com­mit­tee on Pub­lic Ac­counts Ash­neel Sud­hakar tabled the re­port. Mr Sud­hakar said the re­port iden­ti­fied au­dit issues within seven town coun­cils within the au­dit years 2009-2013.

He said be­cause of the time­frames in­volved, most issues were re­solved. How­ever, he said, Savusavu and Ba Town Coun­cils were iden­ti­fied and re­ferred to the Fiji In­de­pen­dent Com­mis­sion Against Cor­rup­tion (FICAC) for fur­ther in­ves­ti­ga­tions. Fur­ther­more, Mr Sud­hakar said, the issues raised dur­ing the au­dit process could have been ad­dressed at the time rather than be­ing re­ported on for a fur­ther five to eight years.

He added that it was clear through­out the in­quiry that the chal­lenge for coun­cils was to mod­ernise ac­count­ing sys­tems on lim­ited re­sources.

Photo: Ronald Ku­mar

Op­po­si­tion Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment and Tui Namosi, Ratu Su­liano Matan­i­to­bua (left) and Gov­ern­ment Mem­ber of Par­lia­ment Jilila Ku­mar out­side Par­lia­ment on May 17, 2018.

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