Thursday, March 25, 2010

LTA audit delayed amid Koroi saga

The results of an independent IT audit of Fiji’s Land Transport Authority late last year remain undisclosed amid a second investigation resulting in chief executive officer Etuate Koroi being sent on leave.

Ministry of Works spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete told FijiLive that the ministry received the results of the audit into the LTA’s information technology systems last month.

“We are yet to publish the findings of the report as we are working on the issues that came out of their IT systems,” said Waqainabete.

She said the second internal audit resulting in Koroi being sent on leave yesterday was carried out as a result of a directive from the Minister for Transport, Colonel Timoci Natuva, and “is part of the monitoring process”.

“The key word here is transparency – independent assessors have been handed the findings of the internal audit and Koroi has been sent on leave so as to ensure transparency in the verification process,” she said.

“Koroi will remain on leave until the audit findings have been verified.”

“The ministry will comment on the audit findings after the independent assessors complete their assessment.”

Waqainabete said she can not reveal the identity of the independent assessors.

LTA boss sent on leave following audit

The chief executive officer of Fiji’s Land Transport Authority, Etuate Koroi, has been sent on leave following internal investigations carried out by the Ministry of Transport.

Ministry spokesperson Sainiana Waqainabete confirmed Aseri Radrodro had replaced Koroi and was interim chief executive officer.

“Koroi has been sent on leave following the report of the audit conducted into the operations and revenue measures of the LTA,” Waqainabete said.

She said the ministry saw it fit to send him on leave.

“This will ensure transparency within the process as they try to verify the findings of the internal audit report.”

Waqainabete said the ministry is not willing to reveal the details of the internal audit report at this stage.

She said it will be made public once the verification process has been complete.

“It might take at least a month before the findings are made available,” she said.

Interim CEO Radrodro is a former principal auditor for the government, a former financial controller of Fiji Shipping Corporation and also former acting CEO of the Fiji Sports Council.

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