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Breaches found at Ministry of Sports agencies

Published:Wednesday | February 24, 2010 | 12:00 AM

The internal audit team of the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture has discovered breaches at two of its agencies.

Maria Jones, permanent secretary in the ministry, said in a release last night that the recent discoveries were "the outcome of concentrated and stringent efforts to ensure that the ministry and its agencies operate within the regulations".

Jones added that "The ministry is serious about its fiduciary duty to the taxpayers and is taking every step to identify and eliminate weaknesses in our systems that might facilitate breaches of the financial management regulations."

The internal audit team of the ministry detected procedural weaknesses at the Institute of Sports and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission. The weaknesses were reported to the Fraud Squad, the Office of the Contractor General and the auditor general "to allow for the necessary depth of scrutiny and for the appropriate conclusions".

Jones did not give any further details on the breaches, but stressed that the ministry was committed to adhering strictly to the conventions of good governance.

"The audits by our own internal team identified deficiencies in the systems and gave us an opportunity to design corrective measures. Even as the investigations continue, we have begun to take action to correct the deficiencies and protect the interest of taxpayers, while the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture plays its role in national development."