NSWMA clears back­log of au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS - Brian Walker/Staff Reporter

THE NA­TIONAL Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity (NSWMA) can fi­nally present al­most a decade’s worth of au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ments, dat­ing back to the 200708 fi­nan­cial year.

Des­mond McKen­zie, lo­cal govern­ment min­is­ter, made the dis­clo­sure in his sec­toral pre­sen­ta­tion to Par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day, laud­ing the NSWMA as the most im­proved govern­ment agency.

“Mr Speaker, the agency was mak­ing the news for all the wrong rea­sons. Be­fore the change of ad­min­is­tra­tion, cor­po­rate gov­er­nance, and, in par­tic­u­lar, com­ply­ing with the re­port­ing mech­a­nism, never ex­isted at all at the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity,” said McKen­zie.

He added that the au­dited fi­nan­cial state­ment for 2016-17 was be­ing pro­cessed, and the 2017-18 state­ment would be com­pleted and ap­proved within the next six months.

McKen­zie also high­lighted the min­istry’s move to ad­dress what he de­scribed as a “long-stand­ing wrong” that had been an em­ploy­ment fea­ture in re­la­tion to street sweep­ers. He said that many work­ers above the age of 60 had gained em­ploy­ment with­out job se­cu­rity and then re­tired or died with­out re­ceiv­ing an ex-gra­tia pay­ment.

“Fi­nally, Mr Speaker, over 120-odd such work­ers have ben­e­fited from $45.7 mil­lion, and no­body that has worked with the Na­tional Solid Waste Man­age­ment Au­thor­ity can say that they have not been fully com­pen­sated, Mr Speaker.”

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