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UTech ordered to recover $240,000 paid for workshop that did not happen

Published:Tuesday | March 11, 2014 | 12:28 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The University of Technology (UTech) has been instructed to take steps to immediately recover $240,000 paid out to a Milton O. Hodelin in 2011 for a training workshop that did not take place.




The instruction was made by the Public Accountability Inspectorate Division in the Finance Ministry and presented in the report on allegations of poor governance at the institution.



The Inspectorate said it examined documents revealing that Hodelin was paid the money to prepare and present a two-day training in Government procurement policies, principles and practices on September 5 and 6 in 2011.



However, the investigators said there is no evidence to suggest that the training was delivered.



And they said UTech’s Training and Development Manager confirmed in an interview that the training was not organised by her office neither was she aware whether it took place.



The Inspectorate said the payment of the $240,000 to Hodelin was not processed through UTech’s procurement department and as a result a purchase order was never raised for the transaction.



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