Records for 2007, 2008 still to be submitted
Region One Chairman, Fermin Singh, who ordered that the Matarkai Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC) present audited reports of the toll monies collected for the use of roads, is yet to collect the records for 2007 and 2008.
Singh told this newspaper that a team from the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) did manage to travel to the sub region and to collect the records for last year but the individual to access the older records could not be located.
This newspaper was informed, however, that scores of receipts are missing and that the NDC officials have been granted some time to present whatever outstanding documentation is being requested.
Officials who chose to speak on the basis of anonymity have expressed their fears that this extended time could allow for the missing documents to be forged. The course of action by Singh was taken as a result of corruption reports leveled against a former senior council official, who reportedly managed to receive some $4.5M for works never carried out.
According to Singh, the money involved did not make up a part of any subventions given to the NDC. He said that all monies given to the NDC by way of subventions have been accounted for.
He told this newspaper that at present the police have not been called in.
“To do so would be a premature act,” Singh emphasized.
Should the audit reveal any wrongdoing on the part of the official acting in concert with any other officials, Singh assures that the police will be called in.
The residents of the Matarkai NDC had expressed their worry at revelations that a former senior official owes the Council $4.5M for what appears to be an accumulated amount handed over to him over a period of time.
What is even more disturbing is that the same official who is no longer aligned with the Council is still being awarded contracts to undertake works in the sub region. The information was uncovered and ventilated at a recent Council meeting. There are now calls for the Audit Office to investigate and ascertain whether the money owed is far more, given the fact that several records have gone missing.
The money owed to the Council was also previously not included in the financial statements of the Council. According to Singh, the financial statements of monies received from tolls have not been submitted for some time now.
The residents are also calling for a criminal investigation into the situation and to file charges if necessary