Friday, October 01, 2010

FAC report reveals Police over spending

FIJI LIVE NEWS - 01 OCTOBER 2010
By Repeka Nasiko.


The Fiji Police Force busted its budget by five percent in its annual income in 2007 with a number of advances dating back to 1993.

This was revealed by the Public Accounts Committee findings on the 2007 Auditor Generals report.

The report stated that the Fiji Police Force was provided with a budget of $69,946, 471,000 and ended up exceeding it by $3,643, 323, 000.

It said that the reasons for the over expenditure by the Force was widely due to the over payment of salaries.

This, it stated was because the Force continued to pay salaries of officers after they had retired.

“Several examples are quoted in the Auditor General’s report,” It read.

It also said that the AG’s report noted the outstanding over payments of salaries between 2004 and 2006.

“It quoted a sample of 55 cases to illustrate the anomalies, however there was no clear explanation was provided by the Police Force on the status of recoveries,” It said 

It also stated that some officers on the Central Division were occupying Police Quarters that they were not entitled to after being promoted and that was a recurring issue in previous audit reports.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Education had higher valued added tax payments in 2007 compared to 2006. 

The report stated that the Ministry had a total of $4.2 million of VAT payments in 2007.

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