PAC Chairman says priority should be given to CMU report


Mark Golding, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) has said he will be proposing that matters surrounding the Auditor General's probe of the Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) be brought before the parliamentary body as soon as possible. 

Golding said priority should be given to the report in light of the growing public interest. 

The report from the Auditor General's Department has outlined unsupported payments totalling J$332.9 million and U$293,445.

It also stated that weak financial controls allowed for the improper transfer of J$145 million from the CMU's bank account to a trust fund with no accountability for how the money was spent.

Parliament prorogued? 

Meanwhile, PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson is concerned Parliament will be prorogued before the CMU report can be properly discussed.

“The challenge that we have is that Parliament prorogues on February 4. This is the earliest that it has ever been prorogued. I don’t know why so early but we may have to have a sitting next Tuesday and then after we resume Parliament, we will seek to have a discussion on it in the PAC. 

Addressing the House of Representatives on Tuesday, Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, said a governance framework is now in place at the CMU to monitor its operations on a monthly basis.

The framework includes financial administration, audit and procurement regulations and the human resources functions of the university.


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