The Auditor General’s Department has issued an apology saying it erred in reporting to Parliament on Tuesday that the National Road Operating and Constructing Company, NROCC, had wracked up a debt of $332-billion over the last 6 years.
The Ministry of Transport and Works says they’ve received an e-mail from the Auditor General’s department, apologizing for the error.
The report by Auditor General Pamela Monroe Ellis, said NROCC accumulated some $332-billion in debt between 2009 and 2015.
NROCC is the government agency responsible for Highway 2000.
According to the report, the state-owned company’s stock of debt grew by 80 percent over the review period.
But in a statement to the media today, the Ministry of Transport and Works says the Auditor General’s Department, AGD, conceded that it made an error.
An e-mail from the AGD to the Ministry reportedly says Mrs. Munroe Ellis is currently off the island, and the report was submitted in her absence.
The Department says the numbers in the report are incorrect, including the $332-billion debt.
Its says Mrs. Munroe Ellis was totally unaware of the error until she saw a report in the media.
It says she immediately requested that a correction be made.
The letter states that Mrs. Munroe Ellis is having problems with her e-mail and apologizes that she’s unable to respond directly to the Ministry.
The AGD says its taken note of the error and assures NROCC that it’ll be issuing a correction and apology to Parliament and Transport Minister Dr. Omar Davies.
It has promised to post the correction on its website.
Meanwhile, Minister Davies says that while he welcomes the apology, he hopes that no damage will result to the image and reputation of NROCC.
Speaking this morning on Cliff Hughes Online on Power106, Finance Minister, Dr. Peter Phillips said NROCC’s debt is actually $71-billion.