Health official referred to FICAC

GOVERNMENT recently discovered that one of the persons in charge of the maintenance of facilities within the Health Ministry was awarding all the works to his father’s company.

This was revealed by Acting Prime Minister and Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum while speaking on a motion on the review conducted on the Health Ministry’s annual report for 2014.

He said the matter had been referred to the Fiji Independent Commission Against Corruption (FICAC).

“It’s in excess of approximately $250,000,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

He said it was not the minister who was responsible for the matter, but the permanent secretary.

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said as accounted for in the 2013 Constitution, the ultimate accounting officer for a particular ministry was the permanent secretary.

“This is why we have a division; we have the operation aspect of a particular ministry and we have the policy aspect of a particular ministry.

“The policy is done by the ministers and the operational aspect is done by the civil servants.

“We ourselves have discovered that many in the ministry, the staff were actually going signing contracts without it being even vetted by the SG’s (Solicitor-General’s) office, without it going to Cabinet.”

He said there were a couple of cases before the courts.