Davis calls on govt to reveal cost of WSC audit
Progressive Liberal Party (PLP) Leader Philip Brave Davis yesterday called on the government to reveal the cost of an audit produced by Ernst & Young (EY) into the Water and Sewerage Corporation (WSC).
On Sunday, WSC Chairman Adrian Gibson said the cost of that audit has been put before the Cabinet and is still an ongoing matter. The audit was tabled in the Parliament in March 2018.
In an interview with The Nassau Guardian, Davis said, “I find it peculiar that it’s still before Cabinet because I would have thought that EY would have been paid by now and I doubt they would have still been waiting to be paid after more than a year.
“So for it to still be before Cabinet, if that is true, it tells you of the…nature in which they effect the business of the country.”
He continued, “The public wants to know and if the public wants to know they have a responsibility to let them know.”
The audit, titled “Project Mako”, revealed irregularities with the tendering and procurement process at the corporation and irregular payments made to a company engaged in a contract with the corporation, among other things.
When he tabled the report in the House of Assembly last year, Gibson said, “The Water and Sewerage Corporation is a harrowing tale, a case study, Mr. Speaker, of mismanagement, gross negligence, malfeasance, corrupt and or questionable practices, failure to observe and adhere to established protocols, errant and maverick conduct on the part of senior management, complicity, conflict of interest and dereliction of duty.”
However, Davis once again noted yesterday that no matter how much was spent, the audit was still a waste of money.
“Truly, I think it was a waste of public funds in the first instance because the accounts of the Water and Sewerage Corporation is always audited by an independent auditing company and the fact that they are not revealing what they spent is only to veil the imprudence of having engaged in that audit exercise,” he said.
Education: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (University of Brussels), MA in Mass Communications