Auditor General lashes INSPORTS once again

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Senior Sports Reporter Kayon Raynor

The Institute of Sports, INSPORTS has come in for more criticism for the second time in years from the Auditor General over corporate governance issues.

Auditor General Pamela Monroe-Ellis said INSPORTS' governance practices were inconsistent with the public bodies management and accountability act, corporate governance and accountability framework and the Ministry of Finance and Public Service circulars.

Her comments, presented in a compendium of special audits and investigations report tabled in Parliament last week, arose from a special audit of INSPORTS for the period 2012/13 and 2014/15.

The report noted that INSPORTS did not employ strong systems of internal controls over its accounting, financial and human resource practices.

The Auditor General revealed that the Administrative Director of Insports' engaged nine retired officers between June 2013 and February 2015 at a cost of $14 million, without prior approval from the Ministry of Finance.

The report also noted that INSPORTS did not provide adequate documentation to support 116 cheque payments totalling $2.03 million dollars during March 2013 and May 2014.

The Auditor General also criticised the board, noting that its failure to meet regularly denied the entity the benefit of efficiencies to be derived from proper oversight.

The report said the board only met twice in 2015, compared to seven times each in the financial years 2013-14 and 2014-15.

The Auditor General recommended that INSPORTS take immediate steps to comply with the requirements of public bodies management and accountability act in accordance  with her earlier report; that INSPORTS should make every effort to implement internal controls in order to address the current financial and operational deficiencies and improve its governance practices.



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