‘Minister of Information violations to be probed’.

‘Need to investigate withdrawal of KD 600 mln oil tender’

Minister of Information Abdul Rahman Al-Mutairi says the ministry referred violations, which were monitored by the oversight bodies in the ministry, for investigation, and cases have been filed regarding some of these files, reports Al-Qabas daily. In response to a parliamentary question posed by MP Saleh Al-Mutairi, the minister said, “Every issue is studied separately, whether it is an observation or a violation, by a specialized committee. Required steps are taken to handle the observations and violations with the concerned sectors in order to avoid them in the future.

Necessary measures are taken, either through treatment or referral to investigation, in order to put matters in their respective legal position.” He revealed that the financial irregularities raised for the 2015/2016 fiscal year are six violations related to an increase in the value of contracts with contracted companies, and the monitoring of three financial violations in the year 2016/2017, including the aspects related to the ministry’s rights in marketing a television series produced by an Egyptian media production company, and other violations. Regarding the financial irregularities for the year 2017/2018, Al-Mutairi said 15 violations were cited, including the failure to collect dues from one of the companies, and the existence of a contract with some companies whose parties are employees working for the ministry, the amount of which could reach to about KD 7 million.

He added that there were seven violations for the 2018/2019 fiscal year regarding some contracts with the ministry, four violations recorded for the 2019/2020 fiscal year including renting car parks to the ministry’s employees in Hamra Tower without obtaining approval from the Ministry of Finance, and one financial violation for the 2020/2021 fiscal year.

Meanwhile, questions are being raised about the withdrawal of the tender worth KD 600 million for artificial lift pumps in 2018 under the pretext of rehabilitating companies, and the reasons behind awarding a contract by direct order totaling $1 billion and its extension for a period of three years after being subjected to several change orders, reports Al-Qabas daily.

Source- Arab Times.

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