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Finance ministry, Gleaner regret auditor general's department error

Published:Friday | May 27, 2016 | 11:26 AM
Finance Minister Audley Shaw.

Finance Minister Audley Shaw has acknowledged that the original script of his closing presentation to the Budget Debate on Wednesday, May 25 incorrectly referenced the Auditor General's Department regarding the renovation of the Oceana building in downtown Kingston.

Shaw, on page 20, paragraph 1, in lines 4 & 5, made mention of "... the renovation and alteration for office space for the auditor general's office". The minister has conceded that it should have read "... the renovation and alteration for office space for the accountant general's office”.

However, the finance minister said while delivering his presentation, he corrected the error and thereafter spoke to the Accountant General’s Department, which is the government department that "will benefit from the renovation and alteration project being undertaken at the Oceana Hotel".

The finance ministry has further advised that the inaccuracy which had been posted to its website has been amended. The ministry has also apologised to Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis and her team for "any inconvenience that this error in the original script may have caused".

The Gleaner, which published an editorial on Friday, May 27, 2016, under the title 'Auditor general must explain', had incorrectly referenced the Auditor General's Department and Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis.

The Gleaner also apologises to the Auditor General's Department and the auditor general, Pamela Monroe Ellis, for any inconvenience or embarrassment caused by the publication.