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Awarding of tenders questioned

Manasa Kalouniviti
Friday, December 01, 2017

ACTING assistant director of energy in the Department of Energy Mikaele Belena, while presenting to the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) yesterday, was questioned by Opposition member Aseri Radrodro on why the Auditor-General (OAG) had said that contract files maintained by the unit did not provide adequate audit trail.

One of the OAG's findings on Records Maintenance had noted: "Audit was not able to ascertain the basis of decisions on the awarding of tenders to Powerlite Generators Fiji Ltd for the supply and installation of solar systems in 2012 for 1693 houses worth $5,491,500, and in 2013 for 1233 houses worth $3,638,500."

This was because the contract files, as noted by the OAG, only had contract documents and did not contain evaluations of successful tenderers considering that the contracts were of considerable amounts and the lack of audit trail had hindered the OAG's audit verification.

Mr Radrodro said: "Why has the OAG highlighted the lack of audit trail for verification on this issue because it involves big amounts."

The OAG's senior auditor said: "What we were highlighting, Sir, is the lack of documents to enable us to undertake a verification of how these contracts were awarded."

Mr Belena then requested if the department could come back to PAC on this matter and Mr Sudhakar asked the department and the OAG to revert to them because this was an area of concern as it involved huge amounts.

The OAG in its recommendations on the matter said the department must maintain contract files properly.

"All the signed copies of the contract should be filed properly and kept in a secure place. Each contract should be complete with all the proper documents attached to it such as sketches, number of applicants and tender specifications," the OAG said.

The Department of Energy team, led by Mr Belena, yesterday presented to PAC on the OAG's 2014 Performance Audit on the Management of the Rural Electrification Program.

Meanwhile, the PAC was headed by chairman Mr Sudhakar with Government member Mohammed Dean and Opposition members Mr Radrodro and Ratu Naiqama Lalabalavu while senior auditors from the OAG were also present.

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