In a recent report by the Auditor General (AG), it was revealed that there were several issues with the disbursement of COVID-19 Assistance Grants during the pandemic.
The report, which was released by the House of Assembly (HOA), showed that the process was mismanaged, with a lack of adherence to program guidelines and evidence of need.
The AG's office had attempted to retrieve a list of applicants who did not receive any grants, but elected leaders failed to produce the list for auditing.
The AG also faced delays in completing the audit, as the necessary database was incomplete.
A total of $3,885,074 was awarded to 2,276 grants during the pandemic, but the AG found that there was a general lack of adherence to guidelines and many grants were given without evidence of need or COVID
The report has sparked concern about the mismanagement of public funds by elected leaders, with Premier Dr Natalio Wheatley rejecting some of the assertions made in the report.
Governor John Rankin
, however, has praised the AG for the findings.
The release of this report highlights the importance of proper management and accountability of public funds, particularly during times of crisis.
The audit process serves as a crucial check and balance to ensure that public money is being used efficiently and effectively, and it is essential that elected leaders take heed of the recommendations made in the report to prevent similar issues in the future.