Saturday 4 April, 2020

Gopeesingh: Dismiss EFCL Board

Former education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh speaks at a conference on financial irregularities at the EFCL

Former education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh speaks at a conference on financial irregularities at the EFCL

Former education minister Dr Tim Gopeesingh on Wednesday called for the dismissal of the Board of the Education Facilities Company Limited, in the wake of recent revelations in the media which suggest corruption within the company. 

Speaking with reporters at his Broome Street, Woodbrook office, Gopeesingh, who called for a forensic audit into the company nearly two weeks ago stressed that the situation warranted urgent attention by the Finance Minister, Education Minister and the Attorney General. 

He called for the findings of a December 2016 probe into the EFCL to be sent to the Acting Commissioner of Police, Director of Public Prosecutions and the Integrity Commission for a financial and criminal probe, and insisted that Government cease its witchhunt for whistleblowers at both the Sport Ministry and EFCL "and cease trying to deal with persons whom they suspect as being whistleblowers". 

The former minister also urged the incumbent Minister to rescind the decision of the EFCL Board to renew the contracts of employees "who seem to be the victims of political games and hubris". 

Speaking in Parliament later on Wednesday, Finance Minister Colm Imbert indicated that an audit by the Central Audit Unit of the Ministry of Finance is currently underway. Imbert coud not give a timeframe for the completion of the probe.

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