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September 18, 2021
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PAC Inquiry: Oro Government Under Spotlight

The Oro Provincial Government has been put under the spot light by the Public Accounts Committee for a series of mismanagement issues.

Today, the PAC carried out its first inquiry for this year into the Oro Provincial Government, and found a string of administrative abuse and lack of accountability.

 

The PAC inquiry, led by Chairman, John Hickey, into the Oro Provincial Government, has pointed out a number of issues that have long been overlooked.

 

The PAC inquiry was based on reports from the Auditor General’s office.

 

It was highlighted during the inquiry, that public money spent on health, education, law and order, road and bridges, and other essential services, were not properly accounted for, and there were no sufficient records kept for the use of these public monies.

 

It was also highlighted that heads of departments in the provincial government are not cooperative, and staff are not fully aware of their roles and responsibilities. Lack of proper financial accountability and transparency within the Oro provincial Treasury, were among the top agenda discussed.

 

Mr Hickey was also concerned about nepotism in the province, in which the Auditor General’s report shows that money was paid to few individuals without proper records being kept.

 

Oro Governor, Gary Juffa, who was the first MP to assist his provincial delegates to attend a PAC inquiry, agrees with the Auditor General’s report, but pointed out that they have already undertaken steps to address some of the issues.

 

The inquiry was adjourned to a later date in which the Health and Education performance including the Provincial Tenders Board, will be discussed.

 

Tomorrow, the PAC will carry out inquiry into the Gulf Provincial Government, followed by the Central Supply and Tenders Board on Wednesday, the Parliament on Thursday, and the Finance Department on Friday.

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