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Ex-GM tells PAC about problems

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Former general manager of the Transport Board, Sandra Forde, had very few answers yesterday when she appeared before the Public Accounts Committee, which continued its investigations into red flags raised in the 2018 Auditor General’s report about the management of the state-owned entity.

Forde argued that many of the challenges which the organisation faced were largely due to a lack of funding from central Government as well as a complement of buses that were well past their prime.

“Every year we would have submitted a supplementary requesting funds to cover our operations for the financial year and you find that sometimes what we found to be a realistic amount to assist us with the operations for the financial year, the Ministry of Finance did not agree.

“It was always a fixed figure that we would receive . . . . Funding was our main problem as there were some factors which we could not control such as diesel costs, which kept fluctuating more on the higher side than the lower side and of course wages and salaries and repairs and maintenance,” Forde testified. (CLM)

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