Agriculture ministry questioned on qualifying issues

Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary David Kolitagane addresses the Public Accounts Committee during their submission. Picture: ATU RASEA

Ministry of Agriculture permanent secretary David Kolitagane addresses the Public Accounts Committee during their submission. Picture: ATU RASEA

Update: 2:58PM MINISTRY of Agriculture permanent secretary David Kolitagane says all matters relating to the two qualifying issues in their 2016 accounts have been resolved and reconciliations have been done.

Public Accounts Committee (PAC) chairperson Mohammed Dean asked the representative from the Office of the Auditor-General (OAG) to confirm if this was so.

The OAG rep said: “The audit of the ministry’s 2017 accounts is currently in progress and once we complete it, then we can check the FMIS general ledger on how these variances were rectified.”

Sikeli Baleisuva, the ministry’s principal accountant confirmed to the chairperson that the issues had been rectified and the accounts adjusted accordingly.

The OAG had qualified the audit of the Ministry of Agriculture’s 2016 accounts on two issues namely; the cash amount and the TMA surplus capital retained are both overstated in the TMA Consolidated Balance Sheet by $457,469 and supporting documents for adjustments of $318,494 were not provided questioning the closing in the Trust Fund Account.