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Gov't employees flout reporting requirement

Published:Saturday | February 11, 2017 | 2:00 AMEdmond Campbell

The Corruption Prevention Commission is reporting that for 2015, the University of Technology (UTech) recorded the highest percentage rate of delinquency in terms of employees who failed to file annual statutory declarations with the Corruption Prevention Commission.

In its annual report for 2015, which was tabled in Parliament on Thursday, the corruption oversight body reported that 95 per cent of UTech staff that should have filed statutory declarations to the commission had failed to make submissions on time.

The breakdown showed that 1,413 employees at the tertiary-level institution should have filed statutory declarations, but at the end of the period, 1,338 employees had not filed, which is in contravention of the law.

A high delinquency rate was also found among staff at the Ministry of Education, where at least 93 per cent of its employees who were obliged to make declarations in 2015 to the commission did not bother to do so.

This means that of the 3,150 persons at the ministry who should have filed statutory declarations, only 210 filed, or 2,940 were delinquent.

Delinquent cops

For members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force, the commission revealed that 34 per cent of the law enforcers did not comply with the filing requirements for 2015. Of the 12,805 police personnel in the force during the period under review, 8,480 filed declarations of assets, liabilities and income with the commission, leaving 4,325 non-compliant.

The commission further divulged that 93 delinquent cops were reported to the director of public prosecutions (DPP) for 2015-2016. Of this number, 43 were taken to court and fines imposed totalling $790,000.

Ninety-three delinquent public servants were reported to the DPP for the period under review. Of this number, 47 were taken to court, resulting in the imposition of fines amounting to $845,000.

edmond.campbell@gleanerjm.com