February 28, 2012
Concerns raised over accounting practices in the Department of Road Traffic are currently under review by the Ministry of Finance, according to Minister of Works and Transport Neko Grant.
Last week, The Nassau Guardian revealed that a financial officer reported to the relevant authorities that he found irregular accounting with "almost non-existent controls" in the Department of Road Traffic.
The financial officer also wrote that the user IDs of employees who no longer worked for the department were used to issue hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of driver's licenses last year, according to a report obtained by The Nassau Guardian.
Grant, whose ministerial portfolio includes the Department of Road Traffic, was tight-lipped on the allegations raised in the report.
"The financial concerns at the Road Traffic Department are being reviewed by the Ministry of Finance," was all Grant said when asked for comment yesterday.
The allegations were made after the officer attempted to reconcile the driver's license issuing system and cash receipts from July 1 to November 30, 2011, according to the report.
The financial officer also claimed that he was unable to reconcile the number of driver's licenses issued and the cash received for them, according to the report sent to Treasurer Eugenia Cartwright, Financial Secretary Ehurd Cunningham and Auditor General Terrance Bastian.
Yesterday, Bastian acknowledged that he had received a copy of the report, however he said his office has not investigated the allegations.
"I think it's something we will have to look at, but we haven't looked at [yet]. It's something that Road Traffic needs to deal with based on our load. [At this point] it's just allegations, but we need to determine if the allegations are [true]," said the auditor general.
Calls to Road Traffic Comptroller Philip Turner, the financial secretary and the public treasurer were not returned up to press time.
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News date : 02/28/2012 Category : Nassau Guardian Stories