While the PNM Government cannot account each year for large sums of taxpayers’ money, the Jamaican authorities have imposed penalties on two senior public servants for similar offences.
Surcharges have been issued against permanent secretary and acting permanent secretary in the Jamaican Ministry of Education after it was revealed that there is no accountability for J $124 million.
But, under the corrupt PNM regime, the local Auditor General has found innumerable instances of various financial wrongdoings, including lack of accountability for large sums at government ministries, State boards and statutory organisations.
At the PNM-run Tobago House of Assembly, there was gross tardiness in conducting independent audits, and when they were eventually undertaken, they uncovered misspending, lack of proper procurement procedures, missing vouchers and a variety of other irregularities.
The current PNM administration continues to live up to its shady reputation epitomised by former Government Minister Desmond Cartey, that “all ah we t;ief.”
But in Jamaica, under the dynamic leadership of Prime Minister Andrew Holness, there is decisive punitive action against misuse of taxpayers’ money.
The two Jamaican public servants are due to face an investigation by the Police Service’s Organised Crime and Anti-Corruption Agency.
In T&T, PNM corruption continues.