Acting Governor General, Theo Zurenuouc, was today presented with the annual reports and financial statements of the Ombudsman Commission for the years 2007 to 2013.
Acting Chief Ombudsman Phoebe Sangetari submitted the annual reports to the acting Governor General at Government House this morning.
According to Sangetari, several factors contributed to the delay in submitting these reports.
Sangetari cited internal and administrative hiccups in the appointment of the new Chief Ombudsman in 2008 to 2012, subsequent appointments thereafter as well as the passing of late Chief Ombudsman Chronox Manek in 2012, Late Consul Gregory Emilio, the late acting Ombudsman Gabe Hekoi in 2013 and late Ombudsman John Nero in 2014 as factors affecting the ability of the Ombudsman Commission to submit the annual reports and financial statements as required by law.
The Public Finances Management Act requires state entities such as the Ombudsman Commission to provide annual reports and financial statements of its functions in a year.
Following the presentation at Government House today, the annual reports and financial statements of the Ombudsman Commission will be presented in Parliament.