Inniss says Auditor General report must not be taken lightly

Outspoken Government Minister Donville Inniss says the Auditor General’s report should not be dismissed, warning that the country must get serious about confronting the issues raised.

In his recently published report for 2015, Auditor General Leigh Trotman painted a damning picture of the country’s public sector administration, citing millions in outstanding arrears, unauthorized transactions, misplaced funds and flawed contracts between the Government and private entities.

 

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Leigh Trotman, Auditor General

“The Auditor General report must be taken very seriously. It is not something that any Government, any Minister, any public officer or any taxpayer should take lightly,” Inniss said, while making a brief contribution on the Sunday edition of Down to Brass Tacks.

He was adamant that while ministers were often accused of being responsible for the discrepancies highlighted in the report, more attention must be paid to “ inherent deficiencies in the system” and public servants must be held to account.

Inniss, the Minister of Industry, International Business, Commerce and Small Business Development, stressed that the issues highlighted should be handled in a non-partisan manner and proper systems implemented to ensure transparency and accountability.

“One must really understand that at the end of the day these are hardworking Barbadians who are paying their taxes and their money earned must be well spent and there must be check and balances and a higher level of accountability.”

In this regard, Inniss made a strong case for permanent secretaries to be held more responsible.

Pressed on whether the Public Accounts Committee had a greater role to play in addressing matters raised by the Auditor General, Inniss was not convinced that this was the best approach.

“The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) becomes just one of a witch hunt. Not one just where you are sitting down and analyzing these issues against the backdrop of finding deficiencies in the system.”

Inniss, who sits on the PAC, further argued that the body was not paying enough attention to how the system could be reformed.

“So today you go after national housing. You go after Water Authority, but at the end of the day, how can we reform the system to make it more accountable and transparent.

“We need to get very much more serious in this country. We talk a lot but we are not really genuinely interested in transformation and making some changes,” Inniss lamented.

 

 

 

20 Responses to Inniss says Auditor General report must not be taken lightly

  1. Joel C. Payne
    Joel C. Payne May 29, 2016 at 9:15 pm

    Action and substantial remedies will be the greatest litmus test. Until den talk is cheap.

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  2. Joan Wickham
    Joan Wickham May 29, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    the shit is about to hit the fan, because he seem to be blaming public servants for their massive blunders /even though some might be stealing it is small compare to their mishandling of funds, they have not admitted to one miss demeanour in the eight years of of office, in every single ministry there was a mess up, bajans want to help their country/his paying the taxes, but they keep spending the money stupidly, i hope the workers strike for casting blame on them with out proof

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  3. Carlos O
    Carlos O'Brien May 29, 2016 at 9:35 pm

    I have never seen a person so desperately trying to separate themselves from their colleagues. This is CYOA in action ( YO = your own) and no interest in being a team player. Selfish, atypical political misfit.

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  4. Lilian Lloyd
    Lilian Lloyd May 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    DONVILLE

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  5. Lennox Hewitt
    Lennox Hewitt May 29, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    Yea wa ya gine do bout it ? D so put up or shut up bottom line

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  6. recoanthony May 30, 2016 at 3:15 am

    just wondering, who was it that bought almond for 55mil an sold it for 53mil? where is the other 2mil? who was it that was building the structure fo sanitation workers up shop hill at only ground floor an ah c rane standing above it, where the money gone?

    an who did sign on de cahill project the move fromone price to 700mil….who was it that had de big money on the mudda account, that de siblings was squabbling over at de death of de mudda…dem is nothing but blame, blame blame

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  7. Bigcrow May 30, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Well this is just the start blame blame but I know they’re the worst bunch that every run this place all the changes and still it no better low for example mistakes after mistake and still in position it sad but I know the longest day have to end.don you should be the pm he should step down he let me down .

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  8. jrsmith May 30, 2016 at 5:50 am

    Bajans stop the messing around the present government must be brought to justice , they are corrupt they must account for every missing penny we must get some help from the British government, we need (Scotland Yard) this lot believe they don’t have to answer to anyone especially our (Priminister) they think they is above the law, they must not get away they will continuously do the same , how long has this going on for…

    Mr, Priminister what are you going to do…

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  9. harry turnover May 30, 2016 at 6:46 am

    The PM and dem yard fowls gine come out and say that it didn;t start eight years ago….why come down on us now and not them then .

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  10. Lorraine Trotman
    Lorraine Trotman May 30, 2016 at 6:48 am

    The only that seem to take it lightly are the politians

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  11. harry turnover May 30, 2016 at 6:52 am

    This talk gine soon dun and it would be tiefing as usual.

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  12. Green Giant May 30, 2016 at 7:04 am

    We don’t seem to be reading the full report. Where do we go from here at election time?

    The opposition was as bad when they were in Government. We need legislative changes.

    Who is going to make those changes? Do we create a national organization elected at the community level by the people, or do we tell the government to let us elect or own constituency council members to represent our taxes? What do we do apart from changing the government.

    I would love to see some recommended solutions made here.

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  13. BaJan boy May 30, 2016 at 7:07 am

    It is sad and we have a PM who is sitting on the side lines and cannot even reshuffle a cabinet sine the one David Thompson dead and left still doing what ever they like and telling him to his face he cannot move them since he didn’t give them a job. Babdains are being treated like dirt by this disrespectful PM who has been saying he will be PM until he is ready to leave politics and that it won’t before 2020 when he is 70.bBajans wake up wunnah hear we going backwards fast and this selfish,indifferent man just does not care all he wants is to be PM at any cost he does not care where we go..

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  14. Alex Alleyne May 30, 2016 at 7:10 am

    DODDS LOOKING LIKE “HOME” FOR SOME. PAST AND PRESENT .
    TAKE ALONG A “SOAP ON A ROPE”…….

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  15. Alex Alleyne May 30, 2016 at 7:16 am

    IN THE “REAL WORLD” NUFF PEOPLE WILL DONE GONE JAIL…….FROM BOTH SIDE …..DLP and BLP . MONEY GONE, JAIL FA WANNA.

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  16. Veroniva Boyce
    Veroniva Boyce May 30, 2016 at 8:21 am
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  17. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews May 30, 2016 at 8:27 am

    Really now ? WHEN SO MUCH SHOWS BAD MANAGEMENT AND HAVE SO MANY UNANSWERED QUESTIONS. My opinion someone needs locking up , too many things that are exposed by the report .

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  18. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray May 30, 2016 at 5:10 pm

    All of us who did not MARCH last week could really shut up because we all had the chance to show DEM the road but we all like cellar ducks went along on our merry ways.

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  19. Damian Hinkson
    Damian Hinkson May 30, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I dont know why people saying that the Auditor General needs to get powers to go after people….. you meet to tell me that the fraud squad or somebody in barbados can’t deal with this?

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  20. jrsmith May 30, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    Where is all the Democratic church supporters church , they were all clapping hands and cheering on they politicians, but alas the wat you call it has hit the fan, Mr, Priminister where is your supporters…
    @ ,Green Giant , hail, hail on the button well said to add a small Island like Barbados with a non productive top heavy political infrastructure, what do they all do its come to past nothing for the us people ,but everything for the thems …

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