Reading the Auditor General’s Reports through the years there is a common theme, one of repetition. It bears highlighting that successive governments have felt the wrath of the AG Mr. Leigh Trotman. The latest 2015 Auditor General Report lays bare the same old same old government department breaches we have become accustomed.
A single BU observation to add to the many can be found on p.29 2.38 as follows:
Among the agencies which did not submit information as requested were a number large entities such as:
- Barbados Investment and Development Corporation (BIDC)
- Barbados Tourism Marketing Inc. (BTMI)
- National Housing Corporatio (NHC)
- Sanitation Service Authority (SSA)
The BIDC is currently embroiled in a dispute with the BWU regarding its decision to force 60 year old employees to retire. There is therefore a healthy assumption by BU that the information requested should be readily available given that this government agency is in downsizing mode. Does any entity retrench employees without completing comprehensive financials to inform the decision?
The BTMI was recently established for crissakes. Why should Barbadians be asked to praise the work of the BTMI as a result of increasing arrival numbers yet poor administration results in dishonorable mention by the AG?
The political interference at the NHC forced a Permanent Secretary to retire. Also the Pubic Accounts Committee (PAC) rules were amended because this is the statutory corporation
Last but surely not least the SSA, not one truck until the AG investigates Cahill Energy!