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Direct Finance Aids spent on four projects without informing General Treasury

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Foreign direct financial aid has been spent on four projects without informing the External Resources Department of the General Treasury, the Committee on Public Accounts (COPA) revealed.

The COPA met yesterday (19) to examine the Auditor General’s report for the financial years 2017, 2018 and 2019 and their current performance. Officials of Ministry of Environment had been summoned before the committee.

It was revealed that three projects worth US $ 9.96 million and one project worth Euro 1.86 million were being implemented with direct financial assistance, without notifing the Department of External Resources.

The committee, terefore instructed the officials to inform the Treasury when receiving and spending such assistance in the future.

The COPA emphasized that minimal attention was given towards issues regarding the pollution caused by the mixing of chemical and hazardous wastes by government hospitals.

In response to this, officials present at the meeting stated that a systematic program has been initiated in this regard.

Moreover, discussions were also held on how systematic electronic waste management should be carried out, as well as regarding the compensation payments on land acquired by the government for the development of the Uma Oya Multipurpose Project, and the current status of the Surakimu Ganga National Environmental Program.

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