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Turnquest: Some govt audits still underway

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest said yesterday that several of the forensic audits ordered since May 2017 into numerous government corporations and departments are still in progress and have not been finalized.

During a press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister, Turnquest was asked about the status of those audits.

“I think you are aware that a number of the audits have been completed and they have been laid in Parliament,” he retorted.

“I’m not sure whether there are further ones that are outstanding at the moment, but we have certainly fulfilled our commitments in that regard and, of course, as situations arise, we may do other things.”

Upon coming to office, the Minnis administration committed to conducting forensic audits on numerous government corporations and departments, including Bank of The Bahamas, Urban Renewal, the former government’s hurricane relief program and the Bahamas Agriculture and Marine Science Institute (BAMSI).

Asked specifically about audits on the latter government corporations and departments along with the post office, Turnquest said, “The ones that we considered priorities have been done and tabled or they are still in process, they have not been finalized.”

When pressed to indicate which ones are still in process, he retorted, “You just named them.”

The government has already tabled audits into the Ministry of Finance, the Water and Sewerage Corporation, Bahamas Power and Light and the Urban Renewal Department in Grand Bahama.

Minister of National Security Marvin Dames has also tabled a manpower audit of the Royal Bahamas Police Force.

Sloan Smith

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Sloan covers national news for The Nassau Guardian. Sloan officially joined the news team in September 2016 but interned at The Nassau Guardian while studying journalism at the University of The Bahamas.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications

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