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Missing black water tank probe being conducted

Published:Wednesday | October 15, 2014 | 9:18 AM

A probe is being conducted into the disappearance of at least eight water tanks that were purportedly distributed to farmers by the National Irrigation Commission on the eve of the 2011 general elections.



It is being carried out by the revenue Protection Division of the Ministry of Finance and Planning.



Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Agriculture, Donovan Stanberry, made the disclosure while responding to questions during yesterday’s sitting of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC).



The project was implemented in St Mary and Manchester at a cost of $2.8 million and included the distribution of 11 water tanks.



It was intended to assist small farmers in both parishes who were unable to access irrigation water.



The agriculture ministry’s permanent secretary told the PAC that the board of the NIC has located three of the 11 missing tanks.



Stanberry distanced himself from the mysterious project saying he had no knowledge of its genesis.



Auditor General Pamela Monroe had conducted a performance audit of the NIC in 2013 and reported that the management of the agency disregarded the control systems and ignored established procurement procedures.



No evidence was also produced that nine contractors delivered 486,000 gallons of water to 11 beneficiaries under the project.



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