The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation has invited the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development auditors to assess the operations of the municipality including Places of Amusement Licences, Markets and Arcades Collections and the procurement of goods, services and works.
According to KSAMC CEO Robert Hill, the overall aim of the audit is to review the operational effectiveness of the Municipality, the purchasing functions of the Corporation and assess the collections and management of its markets and arcades.
The mayor, Senator Delroy Williams stated that the audit will assist the Council in establishing and improving effective internal control systems and to design snd implement controls to prevent and detect fraud.
“We have invested heavily in projects; particularly our markets and we want to ensure that we will be receiving value for money. We also want to ensure that internally we have effective and responsible systems of checks and balances as it relates to procurement,” Williams explained.
The KSAMC has undertaken upgrades of the Papine, Red Rose and Jubilee markets which are all nearing completion and plans to embark on renovation of the Pearnel Charles Arcade, Constant Spring Arcade and Coronation market soon. Williams outlined that before the next phase of works commence, the Council must review the operations of the market and the audit will greatly assist with that.
He went further to state that internal systems must be assessed from time to time to ensure the best practices are implemented as is relates to the procurement of services, works and goods.
The auditors are scheduled to commence their assessment today, June 29, 2020.