27 Oct 2014

Abuse of Fiji public funds found

3:14 pm on 27 October 2014

The Fiji agency tasked with scrutinising Government spending will summon the heads of ministries to explain what it calls a widespread abuse of public funds.

The chair of the Public Accounts Committee, Biman Prasad, says the recently released Auditor General's Reports from 2007 to 2013 show a blatant disregard for financial procedures across almost every government department and ministry.

Dr Prasad says the reports show recommendations made by the Auditor General have been largely ignored by the government.

He says the committee will call on heads of departments to explain.

The leader of Fiji's National Federation Party, Biman Prasad

National Federation Party leader Biman Prasad Photo: RNZI

"If the committee does find cases of fraud, abuse of office and mismanagement, then some of these will be referred to the appropriate authorities like the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption and Public Services Commission and other authorities, which can deal with some of these issues."

Fiji's Public Accounts Committee chair, Biman Prasad.