Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Audit reveals dubious dealings


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A NUMBER OF QUESTIONABLE financial transactions at the Barbados Water Authority (BWA) have been highlighted by Auditor General Leigh Trotman in his latest report.

They include the BWA having made a number of payments for goods and services, but not having received them.

In a section dealing with follow-up reports, it was noted that in May 2010, approval was granted for three BWA officials to participate in a Utilities Best Practice United Kingdom Study Tour from July 10-17 of that year.

A company, which was not named, was paid $31 500 for coordinating and facilitating the tour, while tickets valued $10 708.03 were also purchased from a travel agency.

In response to Trotman’s concerns, the BWA said: “The tour was eventually cancelled. The records show that [one] individual has not refunded the allowances paid to him. There is no evidence to suggest that the [company which facilitated the tour] has refunded the fees of $31 500 and efforts to contact them proved futile since their phone contact information went out of service.” (ES)

Please read the full story in today’s Weekend Nation, or in the eNATION edition.

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