JFJ Press Release: JFJ Troubled by Auditor General’s Report on JDIP

JFJ TROUBLED BY AUDITOR GENERAL’S REPORT ON JDIP

November 18, 2011, Kingston, Jamaica – The report of the Auditor General’s Special Audit of the Jamaica Development Infrastructure Programme (JDIP), which was made public this week, raises serious very troubling issues of concern for Jamaicans for Justice (JFJ) at how US$400 million of borrowed money is being spent .

The Auditor General’s findings raise serious questions regarding a number of issues including: concerns about the way in which contracts were awarded; deficiencies in the planning and monitoring of the projects; the troubling expenditures of approximately J$100 million on the refurbishing of the offices of the National Works Agency (NWA); failures of record keeping; and failure to provide all documentation requested by the Auditor General.

JFJ is calling for continued and full investigation by independent persons and entities of the issues raised in the Special Audit by the Auditor General.  Deficiencies identified in the expenditure of large sums of money belonging to the Jamaican people, as well as the management of major infrastructure work being done by the Government of Jamaica on behalf of the people of Jamaica must be corrected immediately. The Minister of Transport and Works,  the head of the National Works Agency and other officials who have overseen this troubled project  must have nothing more to do with JDIP till the conclusion of the investigations and must be held accountable for their decisions and actions in this matter.

Transparency and accountability are essential principles in the effective execution of the business of the Jamaican people. As Prime Minister Holness so eloquently said in his inauguration address “…the Government must reduce wastage, inefficient bureaucracy, corruption and profligacy in its own house as part of expenditure management.”  We will hold him to his word that he “take[s] responsibility for the direction of this country” and call on him to demonstrate immediately concrete, practical and effective leadership on this critical issue.

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