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Heads should roll

Official reacts to Auditor General’s report

A top official in the international business sector is suggesting that heads should roll following Auditor General Leigh Trotman’s adverse report on Government’s finances.

Executive Director of the Barbados International Business Association (BIBA) Henderson Holmes did not say what action should be taken or who he felt was culpable.

However, he suggested to Barbados TODAY that someone should be held responsible for the staggering findings contained in the report.

In his latest report, Trotman pointed to millions in outstanding arrears, unauthorized transactions and misplaced funds, which together with a number of flawed contracts between Government and private entities paint a pathetic picture of this country’s public sector administration.

There was also the startling revelation that the accounts of 50 state agencies were not included in Government’s financial statements, as well as other evidence of blatant under-reporting by a number of state entities, in addition to consistent non-payment of taxes and loans by both public and private entities.

Holmes said these findings could have serious implications for the island’s reputation and should not be ignored.

“Unfortunately, the fact that no one is duty bound to answer the charges made by the Auditor General as to the lack of propriety in the use of public funds should be a cause for concern.

“We are not aware that this has affected the decision making of investors but it is possible that ultimately the perception of an entrenched practice of abuses in the management of public funds of Barbados is bound to raise questions that could adversely affect the image and reputation of Barbados,” Holmes said.

The BIBA head lamented the “little regard” which the Auditor General’s report is given here, stressing that in many other Commonwealth countries such reports were treated with “enormous respect and taken very seriously”.

“As someone who has worked in the Auditor General’s Department I am painfully aware of the fact that for many years the Auditor General’s report has been treated with little regard,” Holmes told Barbados TODAY.

President of the Barbados Chamber of Commerce and Industry Eddie Abed had earlier described the findings as “extremely troubling”, while president of the Barbados Private Sector Association Alex McDonald has said the reported inefficiencies were nothing short of “embarrassing”.

6 Responses to Heads should roll

  1. jrsmith June 10, 2016 at 5:11 am

    Well done to Mr, Henderson Holmes I never though anyone would make comments as to the (Audit General ) report this just show how painfully fraudulent and corrupt our politicians are..

    Bajans must now take this on board thats why we are broke the politicians looking after each other stealing our money they are thieves, is some one brave enough to ask the British Priminister for help by sending Scotland yard Detectives to investigate, this should never happen in Barbados again..

    All who is involve should be arrested, they bank accounts check all the companies who have our tax payers money and would not repay should have they companies seize by the Barbados Government .. any decent democracy would give the people justice..

  2. dave June 10, 2016 at 5:59 am

    The Politicians do not care . They like many other Public Servants are just there for the money : salaries; per diems and proceeds from racketeering and kickbacks. Its all about driving a high end brand name car-Benz and Beamer etc; big-mout drinks ; yachts, designer wear and shoes , smoking cigars and trips overseas and the pre-occupation with the Big-House Syndrome. Nuff ah dem lose them souls to gain the world (song playing on the radio (Hot 95-John Doe) at the moment -so true-how appropriate as I write this). Nobody cares about standards and values. This present lot that forms the Government does not know any better and are simply not capable of doing any better. They like many others are moving to a different vibe to what we are accustomed . They are products of the system. “There needs to be a Revolution and not a Resolution “-to quote Maria Agard in her contribution to the last No Confidence Motion Debate

  3. harry turnover June 10, 2016 at 6:43 am

    When all the talk dies down,it will be tiefing as usual. The Government gine say …this din gine on now,this en start now,why come down on we now .
    NOTHING WILL HAPPEN ,NOBODY WILL SEEK OUTSIDE HELP because when all is said and done both the DLP and the BLP will be found wanting.
    The ONLY answer is for the people to vote for a THIRD party which should have as their MAIN objective in their manifesto ” an investigation by Scotland Yard or the FBI into the runnings of the Public Sector “

  4. Gearbox June 10, 2016 at 6:55 am

    As Maria Agard said, there needs to be a revolution, a revolution of the sort that will make government officials accountable and punishable under the law. The only question is, how will that happen since both political parties seems bent on continuing these corrupt practices?

  5. Alex Alleyne June 10, 2016 at 7:03 am

    The statement of ” there need to be a REVOLUTION AND NOT A RESOLUTION” ,,,,,,, I NEED THE JOB DRIVING THE “GUILLOTINE” CART.

  6. Bernard Codrington. June 11, 2016 at 1:39 pm

    Political parties can only pass legislation when loopholes in legislation are brought to their notice. The enforcement of rules and regulations are the province of the Public Servants/technocrats. The politicians do not handle the finances.


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