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Auditor general dept. gets budget increase

The government will once again increase its budget allocation to the Department of the Auditor General in the 2019/2020 fiscal year.

The department will receive $3,194,558 for the upcoming year, compared to the $2,761,358 it allocated in 2018/2019 – a difference of $433,200.

 “By equipping the Department of the Auditor General with more resources, they will now be able to acquire more sophisticated audit tools that allow it to fulfill its constitutional mandate as an independent auditor,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Peter Turnquest during the presentation of the budget last week.

Additionally, the department will continue to see increases as the government plans to allocate $3,428,394 million in 2020/2021 and $3,771,042 in 2021/2022.

Upon coming to office, the Free National Movement (FNM) pledged to introduce legislation to strengthen the Department of the Auditor General and provide it with the necessary resources.

On the night of the FNM’s election victory on May 10, 2017, Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis warned that, while the FNM administration would not victimize anyone, those who have abused positions of trust “may have something to fear”.

“We will give the auditor general the resources and tools he needs to find out how the people’s money was spent,” said Minnis.

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