After being completed and subsequently revised due to the detection of suspected fraudulent acts at City Hall, the report of the Commission of Inquiry may finally be ready for submission to Minister of Local Government and Regional Development, Kellawan Lall, on Friday.At least this was the disclosure of Commissioner of Inquiry, Keith Burrowes,Mens Air Jordan 1 Retro High Strap Black Red 3421XXXII-061
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, among them representatives of the municipality and the Ministry of Local Government.According to Burrowes, on Friday there will be an official handing over of the report to the Minister, at which point he will offer an extensive statement on the entire process of the inquiry which was prompted by suggestions of financial mismanagement and discrepancies in the municipality’s 2007 Auditor General Report.The findings of the report warranted that two officers implicated in the report be sent off on leave pending the recommendations of Burrowes Inquiry.In a statement issued at the forum,NFL Jerseys China
, Burrowes said that while his three-volume report had been completed over one month ago,Cheap NFL jerseys China
, the recent discovery of the alleged fraud in the Treasurer’s Department of the municipality had delayed its submission to the Minister.“This matter is now under the control of the Guyana Police Force and I am hoping that they will assist me by providing a report on the issue. This will allow me to include specific recommendations in my final report to the Minister in an effort to prevent any reoccurrence of a similar situation.”And while the commission recognised from early that the process was not going to be an easy task, Burrowes noted that it was significantly compounded by pressure from several quarters that would have liked to see the report submitted earlier.He underscored that it appeared that there is an avid interest in a “rushed and patchwork” report to dismiss two persons rather than one that addresses the fundamental problems and challenges that are impeding progress within the municipality.“Dismissing two officers without a thorough and objective inquiry is a very simplistic way of attempting to solve the litany of woes at the Georgetown City Council. In fact to follow that path would make matters worse at the council. I have said that I am prepared to provide an objective report; one which seeks to improve operations at the council. The determinants in the process are justice, fairness on the side of the council and the security of the interest of the city and the populace.”The Commissioner added that he has noted with great consternation that the comments about “justice delayed is justice denied” which seems to suggest that someone has concluded that the two officers are guilty before the completion of the report.“I can neither accept nor indulge in that kind of behaviour. Also there have been utterances about the cost and how much the council has been paying the officers who have been sent on leave. I have reflected on this and have concluded that the benefits to be derived from the process of the inquiry far outweigh the money paid to the officers.”And several officers of the council have expressed publicly that they have benefited from the inquiry process.He said that the process was able to unveil that the municipality had zero information, no financial audit since 2004, no general ledger, no monthly accounts done by the appropriate officers, and no supporting schedule to represent any figure provided by the department.As a result he said that he has met with officers of the Treasurer’s Department and constructed some basic tools necessary for proper accounting at that entity.“I must say that for the first time in many years the Council is likely to have an unqualified report from the Auditor General for 2009.This would not only elevate the morale of employees but also improve public confidence in the work of the municipality. In essence I have had to reconstruct some of these basic and rudimentary things in order to conduct the inquiry.”According to Burrowes,Wholesale Authentic Jerseys
, he is of the belief that his responsibility to the Guyanese people was to thoroughly examine the operations of the council land develop clear and workable recommendations to improve the Council’s operations.